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Aurora - Hoping to avoid a similar flub that landed deserving teams out of the high school football playoffs 2 [1/2] months ago, the Colorado High School Activities Association's legislative council voted in favor to recalibrate the RPI formula used for postseason qualification in football, baseball and boys' soccer.

Athletic directors, coaches and CHSAA officials met at the Radisson Hotel in Aurora on Thursday and unanimously passed the change in football with 67 votes, as well as the other two sports.

Colorado's high school football will leave behind a formula that weighed heavily on strength of schedule -- 25 percent team's winning percentage, 50 percent opponent's win percentage and 25 percent of the winning percentage of the opponents of a team's opponents - and was highly criticized because of the enormous impact it had on a small, 10-game regular season.

In its place, the football committee's new formula (37.5 WP, 37.5 OWP, 25 OOWP) will go into effect next season.

"The reality is there's no perfect system out there," CHSAA assistant commissioner Harry Waterman said after the 3 1/2-hour meeting. "I think we all know that but I do believe we're headed in the right direction."

Contention and controversy arose last season surrounding the football postseason fields after eight-win Doherty was left out of 5A in favor of two three-win teams, while 2015 state finalist Loveland missed the 4A postseason despite going 9-1.

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January 27, 2017


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