The slate of Oct. 4 Michigan High School Athletic Association football games isn't as filled with intriguing matchups as it has been the last few weeks.
So this week, instead of a rundown of the five strongest matchups, we'll take a look at what some area teams can accomplish with a win in week six.
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley, Macomb Dakota, Warren Mott, Marine City, St. Clair High, Madison Heights Madison and Clinton Township Clintondale can all lock up spots in the 2013 MHSAA playoffs with wins, as each of the seven Macomb Area Conference squads sits at 5-0 going into week six contests. Four of those seven teams are on the road Oct. 4.
Port Huron High, Grosse Pointe North, L'Anse Creuse North and Marysville can all increase their chances of making the 2013 state playoffs with week six victories. Each team sits at 4-1 going into Oct. 4 games. A fifth win would give each squad at least a shot at earning a postseason berth, as a point system comes into play for teams that finish the regular season with five wins.
Seven other teams — Mount Clemens, Warren De La Salle, St. Clair Shores South Lake, Warren Woods Tower, Clawson High, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian and Warren Michigan Collegiate — can all keep their playoff hopes alive by picking up their fourth win Oct. 4. Each team sits at 3-2 heading into Oct. 4 contests.
Center Line, Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse and Madison Heights Lamphere can all earn their first win of the season with victories Oct. 4. Their opponents this weekend (Warren Fitzgerald, Warren Lincoln and L'Anse Creuse North, have a combined record of 6-9.
To see where each local team sits in the points standings, check http://www.mhsaa.com/sports/football/playoffpointsummary.aspx.
According to the MHSAA, for football, postseason inclusion is determined by wins and a computer point value, calculated for each team based upon its record and strength of schedule, with the top 256 teams (including all teams with six victories if playing a nine-game schedule) qualifying. These 256 teams are then ordered by enrollment and divided into eight divisions of 32 teams each.