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The NJSIAA’s recently-approved high school football regulations for 2019, featuring another big change in playoff qualification, has been released by the New Jersey Football Coaches’ Association.

There were no surprises in the formula, compared to what was described to WCTC Sports by Dan Vivino, the Westwood High School Athletic Director who helped craft it.

The new formula removes the Born Power Index and replaces it with a similar formula called the Opponent Strength Index.  The biggest difference is that instead of using Team A’s own rating to seed them in the playoffs – rewarding Team A if it won by larger margins of victory – it uses the average of a Team A’s opponents to seed them.  Team A gets the full value of an opponent for a win, and half their value for a loss.  (They would get 3/4 value for a tie.)

The full 2019 regulations can be found here.

WCTC Sports did an analysis earlier this Spring on the strength of GMC schedules, based on the OSI.  It took the full Opponent Strength value for a team’s schedule, and averaged it out over as many games.

It found 2018 Central Jersey Group 5 runner-up North Brunswick to have the toughest schedule, with the OSI averaging a 69.62.  South Group 5 bowl champ Sayreville had the next toughest slate at 68.16, followed by North Group 5 bowl winner Piscataway at 67.38.  The weakest schedule belonged to South River at 39.64.  Highland Park had a 43.29.

You can find that story here.

To figure out a team’s strength of schedule based on OSI, take the full value of all of a team’s opponents, and divide by the number of opponents.

A team’s Strength Index changes in the pre-season, reduced or increased by one-third around a center-point of 60, with the intent to reduce the impact of previous seasons’ results on the current season.

Below is a list of all teams in New Jersey, with their final 2018 Born Power Index rating, followed by their 2019 pre-season Strength Index Number.  Note that no teams are allowed to have a Strength Index number lower than 20 to start the season.

TEAM BPI OSI
Absegami 58.9 59.27
Allentown 61.9 61.27
Asbury Park 52.3 54.87
Atlantic City 54.3 56.20
Audubon 47.9 51.93
Barnegat 53.7 55.80
Barringer 58 58.67
Bayonne 64.2 62.80
Becton 35.7 43.80
Belleville 36.5 44.33
Belvidere 26.1 37.40
Bergen Catholic 110.3 93.53
Bergen Tech 17.3 31.53
Bergenfield 51.8 54.53
Bernards 74 69.33
Bishop Ahr 31.5 41.00
Bishop Eustace 42.4 48.27
Blair-Prep 68.8 65.87
Bloomfield 51 54.00
Bogota 32.9 41.93
Boonton 60.3 60.20
Bordentown 17.1 31.40
Bound Brook 52.8 55.20
Brearley-Kenilworth 44 49.33
Brick Memorial 74.6 69.73
Brick Twp. 87.1 78.07
Bridgeton 40.6 47.07
Bridgewater-Raritan 70.4 66.93
Buena 65.2 63.47
Burlington City 46.6 51.07
Burlington Township 82.1 74.73
Butler 66.6 64.40
Caldwell 50.8 53.87
Camden 93.2 82.13
Camden Catholic 41 47.33
Carteret 44.9 49.93
Cedar Creek 67 64.67
Cedar Grove 59.9 59.93
Central Ocean Regional 60.4 60.27
Central-Newark 54.3 56.20
Chatham 45.1 50.07
Cherokee 67.6 65.07
Cherry Hill – East 39.7 46.47
Cherry Hill – West 51.6 54.40
Cinnaminson 70.8 67.20
Clayton 29.7 39.80
Clearview 82.3 74.87
Cliffside Park 26.2 37.47
Clifton 75.8 70.53
Collegiate-Newark 43.6 49.07
Collingswood 61.2 60.80
Colonia 68.7 65.80
Colts Neck 39.5 46.33
Columbia 31.9 41.27
Cranford 73.7 69.13
Cresskill 50.2 53.47
Cumberland Regional 22.3 34.87
Dayton-Springfield 4.3 22.87
Delaware Valley 59.9 59.93
Delbarton 84.9 76.60
Delran 55.4 56.93
Delsea 79.8 73.20
Depaul 91.3 80.87
Deptford 60.4 60.27
Dickinson 6.9 24.60
Don Bosco Prep 100.1 86.73
Donovan Catholic 67.8 65.20
Dover 7.3 24.87
Dumont 56.7 57.80
Dunellen 43.2 48.80
Dwight Englewood 0 20.00
East Brunswick 50.1 53.40
East Orange Campus 69.4 66.27
East Side-Newark 11.1 27.40
Eastern 75.5 70.33
Eastside-Paterson 34.3 42.87
Edison-Township 68.4 65.60
Egg Harbor Township 55.3 56.87
Elizabeth 76.2 70.80
Elmwood Park 14 29.33
Emerson Boro 54.2 56.13
Englewood-D.Morrow 51.9 54.60
Ewing 52.3 54.87
Fair Lawn 38.3 45.53
Ferris 6.3 24.20
Fieldston 30.3 40.20
Florence 55.8 57.20
Fort Lee 28 38.67
Franklin Twp. 62.3 61.53
Freehold Boro 73.2 68.80
Freehold Twp. 59.3 59.53
Garfield 48.2 52.13
Gateway 73.5 69.00
Glassboro 50.2 53.47
Glen Ridge 34.7 43.13
Glen Rock 55 56.67
Gloucester Catholic 38.3 45.53
Gloucester City 24.2 36.13
Gov. Livingston 51.6 54.40
Hackely 39 46.00
Hackensack 63 62.00
Hackettstown 49.8 53.20
Haddon Heights 45.5 50.33
Haddon Township 34.4 42.93
Haddonfield 93.1 82.07
Hamilton-West 42 48.00
Hammonton 64.7 63.13
Hanover Park 55.1 56.73
Harrison 42.9 48.60
Hasbrouck Heights 89.5 79.67
Hawthorne 58.3 58.87
High Point 61.5 61.00
Highland Park 0 20.00
Highland-Regional 71 67.33
Hightstown 38.5 45.67
Hill School-PA 49.8 53.20
Hillsborough 64.2 62.80
Hillside 88.7 79.13
Hoboken 62.8 61.87
Holmdel 79 72.67
Holy Cross Prep Academy 46.5 51.00
Holy Spirit 85.3 76.87
Hopatcong 42.7 48.47
Hopewell Valley 52.5 55.00
Howell 40.6 47.07
Hudson Catholic 64.5 63.00
Hun 79 72.67
Hunterdon Central 77.7 71.80
Immaculata 62.3 61.53
Immaculate-Montclair 31 40.67
Indian Hills 39.6 46.40
Irvington 74.6 69.73
Iselin-J.F.K. 48.1 52.07
J.P. Stevens 45.3 50.20
Jackson – Memorial 65.5 63.67
Jackson-Liberty 42.5 48.33
Jefferson Township 52.7 55.13
Johnson – Clark 52.1 54.73
Keansburg 42.3 48.20
Kearny 10.9 27.27
Kennedy-Paterson 62.7 61.80
Keyport/Henry Hudson 39.6 46.40
Kingsway 69.6 66.40
Kinnelon 46.8 51.20
Kittatinny 68.4 65.60
Lacey 52.1 54.73
Lakeland 70.7 67.13
Lakewood 38.5 45.67
Lawrence Twp. 29.9 39.93
Lawrenceville 48.3 52.20
Lenape 79.3 72.87
Lenape Valley 42.1 48.07
Lincoln 66.1 64.07
Linden 69.6 66.40
Lindenwold 15.3 30.20
Livingston 64.9 63.27
Lodi 34 42.67
Long Branch 94.2 82.80
Lower Cape May 27.8 38.53
Lyndhurst 65 63.33
Madison Boro 54.7 56.47
Mahwah 53.7 55.80
Mainland Regional 62.5 61.67
Manalapan 76.1 70.73
Manasquan 69.8 66.53
Manchester-Regional 42.2 48.13
Manchester-Township 41.3 47.53
Manville 22.2 34.80
Maple Shade 27 38.00
Marist-Bayonne 0.2 20.13
Marlboro 50.9 53.93
Matawan 27.9 38.60
Mater Dei/Ranney 88.8 79.20
Memorial W-NY 23.4 35.60
Mendham 40.1 46.73
Mercersburg-PA 34.1 42.73
Metuchen 16.7 31.13
Middle Township 50.5 53.67
Middlesex 57.2 58.13
Middletown – North 70.2 66.80
Middletown – South 74.8 69.87
Millburn 43.4 48.93
Millville 80.1 73.40
Monmouth 55.9 57.27
Monroe 32.9 41.93
Montclair 81.6 74.40
Montclair-Kimberley 24.6 36.40
Montgomery 50.9 53.93
Montville 64.8 63.20
Moorestown 64.7 63.13
Morris Catholic 38 45.33
Morris Hills 61.8 61.20
Morris Knolls 62.7 61.80
Morristown 52.2 54.80
Morristown-Beard 20.5 33.67
Mount Olive 62.4 61.60
Mountain Lakes 63.2 62.13
Neptune 56.4 57.60
New Brunswick 47.8 51.87
New Egypt 38.4 45.60
New Milford 55.7 57.13
New Providence 45 50.00
Newark Academy -0.3 20.00
Newton 72.1 68.07
North Arlington 6.5 24.33
North Bergen 60.4 60.27
North Brunswick 76.5 71.00
North Hunterdon 60.2 60.13
North Plainfield 40.3 46.87
North Warren 39 46.00
Northern Burlington 60.7 60.47
Northern Highlands 67.5 65.00
Notre Dame-Trenton 64.7 63.13
Nottingham 58.6 59.07
Nutley 52.7 55.13
Nv/Demarest 64.8 63.20
Nv/Old Tappan 83.4 75.60
Oakcrest 52.8 55.20
Ocean City 67.8 65.20
Ocean Twp. 65.3 63.53
Old Bridge 57.9 58.60
Orange 47.2 51.47
Overbrook 48.1 52.07
Pal Park-Leonia 17.5 31.67
Palmyra 25.4 36.93
Paramus 82.8 75.20
Paramus Catholic 75.7 70.47
Park Ridge 67.6 65.07
Parsippany 38.7 45.80
Parsippany Hills 60.3 60.20
Pascack Hills 39.6 46.40
Pascack Valley 65.5 63.67
Passaic 47.4 51.60
Passaic Tech 59.5 59.67
Passaic Valley 65.2 63.47
Paul VI, Haddonfield 40.6 47.07
Paulsboro 74.8 69.87
Peddie 82.3 74.87
Pemberton 35.2 43.47
Pennington 43.3 48.87
Penns Grove 81.9 74.60
Pennsauken 53.6 55.73
Pennsville 49.7 53.13
Pequannock 52 54.67
Perth Amboy 46 50.67
Phillipsburg 90 80.00
Pinelands 44.9 49.93
Pingry 32.8 41.87
Piscataway 100.3 86.87
Pitman 4.9 23.27
Plainfield 47 51.33
Pleasantville 78.1 72.07
Point Pleasant Beach 18.5 32.33
Point Pleasant Boro 63.2 62.13
Pompton Lakes 46.9 51.27
Pope John-Sparta 82.7 75.13
Princeton 16.1 30.73
Rahway 80.4 73.60
Ramapo 102.5 88.33
Ramsey 54.5 56.33
Rancocas Valley 86 77.33
Randolph 78.3 72.20
Raritan 59.7 59.80
Red Bank 75.6 70.40
Red Bank Catholic 97.8 85.20
Ridge 78.7 72.47
Ridgefield Park 39.6 46.40
Ridgewood 86.7 77.80
River Dell 90.7 80.47
Riverdale Country 17 31.33
Riverside 7.6 25.07
Robbinsville 14.5 29.67
Roselle 42.3 48.20
Roxbury 54 56.00
Rumson-Fair Haven 90.3 80.20
Rutherford 82.2 74.80
Saddle Brook 34.9 43.27
Salem 78.5 72.33
Sayreville 89.4 79.60
Schalick-Elmer 49.7 53.13
Scotch Plains-Fanwood 41.9 47.93
Secaucus 40.4 46.93
Seneca 50.4 53.60
Seton Hall Prep 78.7 72.47
Shabazz-Newark 84.1 76.07
Shawnee 83.8 75.87
Shore-Regional 65.1 63.40
Snyder-Jersey City 30.3 40.20
Somerville 87.1 78.07
South Brunswick 73.4 68.93
South Hunterdon 32 41.33
South Plainfield 65.1 63.40
South River 51.6 54.40
Southern Ocean Regional 59.5 59.67
Sparta 83.2 75.47
Spotswood 27.8 38.53
St. Augustine 99 86.00
St. John Vianney 76.8 71.20
St. Joseph – Metuchen 81.4 74.27
St. Joseph-Montvale 114.9 96.60
St. Josephs-Hammonton 97.6 85.07
St. Mary – Rutherford 38.5 45.67
St.Peters Prep 105.9 90.60
Steinert 54.7 56.47
Sterling 60.4 60.27
Summit 90.2 80.13
Sussex Tech 47.5 51.67
Teaneck 56.5 57.67
Tenafly 30.9 40.60
Timber Creek 73.6 69.07
Toms River East 47.5 51.67
Toms River North 70.9 67.27
Toms River South 45.9 50.60
Trenton-Central 64.3 62.87
Triton 58.7 59.13
Union 75.9 70.60
Union City 89.1 79.40
Vernon 32.9 41.93
Verona 71.3 67.53
Vineland 89.4 79.60
Voorhees 62.2 61.47
Waldwick/Midland Park 52 54.67
Wall Twp. 74.1 69.40
Wallington 41.4 47.60
Wallkill Valley 60.1 60.07
Warren Hills 67 64.67
Washington Twp. 56.6 57.73
Watchung Hills 46.8 51.20
Wayne Hills 92.1 81.40
Wayne Valley 71.9 67.93
Weehawken 28.2 38.80
Weequahic-Newark 72.9 68.60
West Deptford 88.4 78.93
West Essex 83.1 75.40
West Milford 58.8 59.20
West Morris 68.8 65.87
West Orange 58 58.67
West Side-Newark 64.8 63.20
West Windsor-Plainsboro 19.3 32.87
Westfield 72.1 68.07
Westwood 65.4 63.60
Whippany Park 24.5 36.33
Wildwood -26.9 20.00
Williamstown 100.2 86.80
Willingboro 75.5 70.33
Wilson-Camden 84.8 76.53
Winslow Township 72.8 68.53
Woodbridge 61.5 61.00
Woodbury 47.5 51.67
Wood-Ridge 43.6 49.07
Woodstown 44.7 49.80