For the first-time ever, the Utah High School Activities Association has released a new rankings system for high school football in the state. A Ratings Percentage Index, commonly referred to as RPI, has been assigned to every high school football team in the state and was released for the first time Monday.
The highest-rated team in 4A is Park City, one of only two undefeated teams in the classification. Mountain View is also undefeated, but because of the quality of teams Park City has faced so far the Miners are #1 while Mountain View is #5. The RPI rankings factor not only a team’s win-loss record, but also the record of their opponents, and even their opponents’ opponents. With the new system, region standings no longer matter.
Green Canyon is the top ranked team in Region 11, and 2nd in the state overall. Even though Sky View defeated Green Canyon last Friday 32-24, the Wolves have a slightly higher RPI. It is a similar story with Logan and Mountain Crest, as the Grizzlies are ranked higher than the Mustangs despite losing to them 33-13 on Friday.
Region 11 teams are ranked as follows:
- 2nd – Green Canyon (4-1)
- 4th – Sky View (4-1)
- 8th – Bear River (2-3)
- 11th – Ridgeline (2-3)
- 14th – Logan (1-4)
- 16th – Mountain Crest (1-4)
In 5A, the Box Elder Bees are ranked 16th with a 2-3 record and the Rich Rebels are ranked 13th in the 2A classification with a 0-3 record.
The rankings will be updated every week and published on the UHSAA website. The rankings are being used this year for baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball. UHSAA has also provided additional details about how the RPI is determined and used on its website.
The top 10 teams in the RPI rankings at the end of the regular season get a first round bye in the state football playoffs.