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The Piscataway Chiefs will start the season with a strength index number of 86.87, the highest among Central Jersey teams statewide.  They’re fifth overall, behind only St. Joseph-Montvale, Bergen Catholic, St. Peter’s of Jersey City and Ramapo.

But unlike the Born Power Index in 2018, the Strength Index – though calculated similarly – won’t be used to seed teams for the playoffs.  Instead, the Opponent Strength Index will be used.  That’s an average of all the teams a school played, with full points given for a win, and half for a loss.

Inotherwords, a team that beat Piscataway, which might be at 88.0 at the end of the year, would get 88 points if they beat Piscataway, and 44 if they lost; they would get 66 for a tie.  The average of all those scores is what will be used to seed teams for the playoffs.

This year, the Strength Index of each team is calculated by using last year’s final Born Power Index numbers, reduced or increased by 1/3 toward a center point of 60.  Inotherwords, a team ranked 90 in the BPI after last year would start at 80.  90 is 30 more than 60.  One-third of 30 is 10, so they would be reduced by 10 from 90 to 80.

Likewise, a team that finished with a BPI of 57 is 3 points under 60, and would be increased by one-third of that, or 1, for a starting number of 58 this year.

No team can start the year below a 20.  And when the final numbers are calculated on cutoff weekend, no team’s strength number will be below a 20, for calculation purposes.

All games count toward the final number, and next year, the same process will be done, but starting with the 2019 Strength Index number, to calculate the starting number for 2020.

Below is a list of all 343 public and non-public schools in New Jersey, with their final 2018 BPI, 2019 classification, and adjusted pre-season 2019 Strength Index number.  The 36 WCTC-area teams are in bold.

Team Rating Classification SI
St. Joseph-Montvale 114.9 Non-Public 4 96.60
Bergen Catholic 110.3 Non-Public 4 93.53
St.Peters Prep 105.9 Non-Public 4 90.60
Ramapo 102.5 North – 3 88.33
Piscataway 100.3 North – 5 86.87
Williamstown 100.2 South – 5 86.80
Don Bosco Prep 100.1 Non-Public 4 86.73
St. Augustine 99 Non-Public 4 86.00
Red Bank Catholic 97.8 Non-Public 3 85.20
St. Josephs-Hammonton 97.6 Non-Public 2 85.07
Long Branch 94.2 South – 4 82.80
Camden 93.2 South – 2 82.13
Haddonfield 93.1 South – 2 82.07
Wayne Hills 92.1 North – 4 81.40
Depaul 91.3 Non-Public 3 80.87
River Dell 90.7 North – 3 80.47
Rumson-Fair Haven 90.3 South – 3 80.20
Summit 90.2 North – 3 80.13
Phillipsburg 90 North – 4 80.00
Hasbrouck Heights 89.5 North – 1 79.67
Sayreville 89.4 South – 5 79.60
Vineland 89.4 South – 5 79.60
Union City 89.1 North – 5 79.40
Mater Dei/Ranney 88.8 Non-Public 3 79.20
Hillside 88.7 South – 2 79.13
West Deptford 88.4 South – 2 78.93
Brick Twp. 87.1 South – 4 78.07
Somerville 87.1 South – 3 78.07
Ridgewood 86.7 North – 5 77.80
Rancocas Valley 86 South – 5 77.33
Holy Spirit 85.3 Non-Public 2 76.87
Delbarton 84.9 Non-Public 4 76.60
Wilson-Camden 84.8 South – 3 76.53
Shabazz-Newark 84.1 North – 1 76.07
Shawnee 83.8 South – 4 75.87
Nv/Old Tappan 83.4 North – 4 75.60
Sparta 83.2 North – 3 75.47
West Essex 83.1 North – 3 75.40
Paramus 82.8 North – 3 75.20
Pope John-Sparta 82.7 Non-Public 3 75.13
Clearview 82.3 South – 4 74.87
Rutherford 82.2 North – 2 74.80
Burlington Township 82.1 South – 3 74.73
Penns Grove 81.9 South – 1 74.60
Montclair 81.6 North – 5 74.40
St. Joseph – Metuchen 81.4 Non-Public 4 74.27
Rahway 80.4 North – 3 73.60
Millville 80.1 South – 4 73.40
Delsea 79.8 South – 3 73.20
Lenape 79.3 South – 5 72.87
Holmdel 79 South – 3 72.67
Ridge 78.7 North – 5 72.47
Seton Hall Prep 78.7 Non-Public 4 72.47
Salem 78.5 South – 1 72.33
Randolph 78.3 North – 4 72.20
Pleasantville 78.1 South – 2 72.07
Hunterdon Central 77.7 South – 5 71.80
St. John Vianney 76.8 Non-Public 3 71.20
North Brunswick 76.5 South – 5 71.00
Elizabeth 76.2 North – 5 70.80
Manalapan 76.1 South – 5 70.73
Union 75.9 North – 5 70.60
Clifton 75.8 North – 5 70.53
Paramus Catholic 75.7 Non-Public 4 70.47
Red Bank 75.6 South – 3 70.40
Eastern 75.5 South – 5 70.33
Willingboro 75.5 South – 1 70.33
Middletown – South 74.8 South – 4 69.87
Paulsboro 74.8 South – 1 69.87
Irvington 74.6 North – 4 69.73
Brick Memorial 74.6 South – 4 69.73
Wall Twp. 74.1 South – 3 69.40
Bernards 74 South – 2 69.33
Cranford 73.7 North – 4 69.13
Timber Creek 73.6 South – 3 69.07
Gateway 73.5 South – 1 69.00
South Brunswick 73.4 South – 5 68.93
Freehold Boro 73.2 South – 4 68.80
Weequahic-Newark 72.9 North – 1 68.60
Winslow Township 72.8 South – 4 68.53
Westfield 72.1 North – 5 68.07
Newton 72.1 North – 2 68.07
Wayne Valley 71.9 North – 4 67.93
Verona 71.3 North – 2 67.53
Highland Regional 71 South – 4 67.33
Toms River North 70.9 South – 5 67.27
Cinnaminson 70.8 South – 2 67.20
Lakeland 70.7 North – 3 67.13
Bridgewater-Raritan 70.4 North – 5 66.93
Middletown – North 70.2 South – 4 66.80
Manasquan 69.8 South – 2 66.53
Kingsway 69.6 South – 5 66.40
Linden 69.6 North – 4 66.40
East Orange Campus 69.4 North – 5 66.27
West Morris 68.8 North – 4 65.87
Colonia 68.7 North – 4 65.80
Edison 68.4 South – 5 65.60
Kittatinny 68.4 North – 2 65.60
Ocean City 67.8 South – 4 65.20
Donovan Catholic 67.8 Non-Public 3 65.20
Cherokee 67.6 South – 5 65.07
Park Ridge 67.6 North – 1 65.07
Northern Highlands 67.5 North – 4 65.00
Warren Hills 67 North – 3 64.67
Cedar Creek 67 South – 2 64.67
Butler 66.6 North – 1 64.40
Lincoln 66.1 South – 2 64.07
Jackson – Memorial 65.5 South – 4 63.67
Pascack Valley 65.5 North – 3 63.67
Westwood 65.4 North – 2 63.60
Ocean Twp. 65.3 South – 3 63.53
Passaic Valley 65.2 North – 4 63.47
Buena 65.2 South – 1 63.47
South Plainfield 65.1 North – 3 63.40
Shore-Regional 65.1 South – 2 63.40
Lyndhurst 65 North – 2 63.33
Livingston 64.9 North – 5 63.27
Montville 64.8 North – 3 63.20
Northern Valley/Demarest 64.8 North – 3 63.20
West Side-Newark 64.8 North – 1 63.20
Hammonton 64.7 South – 4 63.13
Moorestown 64.7 South – 4 63.13
Notre Dame-Trenton 64.7 Non-Public 4 63.13
Hudson Catholic 64.5 Non-Public 2 63.00
Trenton-Central 64.3 South – 5 62.87
Bayonne 64.2 North – 5 62.80
Hillsborough 64.2 South – 5 62.80
Mountain Lakes 63.2 North – 2 62.13
Point Pleasant Boro 63.2 South – 2 62.13
Hackensack 63 North – 5 62.00
Hoboken 62.8 North – 1 61.87
Kennedy-Paterson 62.7 North – 5 61.80
Morris Knolls 62.7 North – 4 61.80
Mainland Regional 62.5 South – 4 61.67
Mount Olive 62.4 North – 4 61.60
Franklin Twp. 62.3 South – 5 61.53
Immaculata 62.3 Non-Public 2 61.53
Voorhees 62.2 North – 3 61.47
Allentown 61.9 South – 3 61.27
Morris Hills 61.8 North – 4 61.20
Woodbridge 61.5 North – 4 61.00
High Point 61.5 North – 2 61.00
Collingswood 61.2 South – 2 60.80
Northern Burlington 60.7 South – 4 60.47
North Bergen 60.4 North – 5 60.27
Central Ocean Regional 60.4 South – 4 60.27
Deptford 60.4 South – 3 60.27
Sterling 60.4 South – 2 60.27
Parsippany Hills 60.3 North – 3 60.20
Boonton 60.3 North – 1 60.20
North Hunterdon 60.2 North – 4 60.13
Wallkill Valley 60.1 North – 1 60.07
Delaware Valley 59.9 South – 2 59.93
Cedar Grove 59.9 North – 1 59.93
Raritan 59.7 South – 3 59.80
Passaic Tech 59.5 North – 5 59.67
Southern Ocean Regional 59.5 South – 5 59.67
Freehold Twp. 59.3 South – 5 59.53
Absegami 58.9 South – 3 59.27
West Milford 58.8 North – 3 59.20
Triton 58.7 South – 3 59.13
Nottingham 58.6 South – 3 59.07
Hawthorne 58.3 North – 2 58.87
West Orange 58 North – 5 58.67
Barringer 58 North – 4 58.67
Old Bridge 57.9 South – 5 58.60
Middlesex 57.2 South – 1 58.13
Dumont 56.7 North – 2 57.80
Washington Twp. 56.6 South – 5 57.73
Teaneck 56.5 North – 3 57.67
Neptune 56.4 South – 4 57.60
Monmouth 55.9 South – 3 57.27
Florence 55.8 South – 1 57.20
New Milford 55.7 North – 1 57.13
Delran 55.4 South – 2 56.93
Egg Harbor Township 55.3 South – 5 56.87
Hanover Park 55.1 North – 2 56.73
Glen Rock 55 North – 2 56.67
Steinert 54.7 South – 4 56.47
Madison Boro 54.7 North – 2 56.47
Ramsey 54.5 North – 2 56.33
Atlantic City 54.3 South – 5 56.20
Central-Newark 54.3 North – 2 56.20
Emerson Boro 54.2 North – 1 56.13
Roxbury 54 North – 4 56.00
Mahwah 53.7 North – 2 55.80
Barnegat 53.7 South – 2 55.80
Pennsauken 53.6 South – 4 55.73
Oakcrest 52.8 South – 3 55.20
Bound Brook 52.8 North – 1 55.20
Jefferson Township 52.7 North – 3 55.13
Nutley 52.7 North – 3 55.13
Hopewell Valley 52.5 South – 3 55.00
Ewing 52.3 South – 3 54.87
Asbury Park 52.3 South – 1 54.87
Morristown 52.2 North – 5 54.80
Lacey 52.1 South – 3 54.73
Johnson – Clark 52.1 South – 2 54.73
Pequannock 52 North – 2 54.67
Waldwick/Midland Park 52 North – 2 54.67
Englewood-D.Morrow 51.9 North – 3 54.60
Bergenfield 51.8 North – 3 54.53
Cherry Hill – West 51.6 South – 4 54.40
Gov. Livingston 51.6 North – 3 54.40
South River 51.6 South – 2 54.40
Bloomfield 51 North – 5 54.00
Marlboro 50.9 South – 5 53.93
Montgomery 50.9 North – 4 53.93
Caldwell 50.8 North – 2 53.87
Middle Township 50.5 South – 2 53.67
Seneca 50.4 South – 3 53.60
Cresskill 50.2 North – 1 53.47
Glassboro 50.2 South – 1 53.47
East Brunswick 50.1 South – 5 53.40
Hackettstown 49.8 North – 2 53.20
Pennsville 49.7 South – 1 53.13
Schalick-Elmer 49.7 South – 1 53.13
Garfield 48.2 North – 3 52.13
J.F.K. (Iselin) 48.1 North – 4 52.07
Overbrook 48.1 South – 1 52.07
Audubon 47.9 South – 2 51.93
New Brunswick 47.8 South – 5 51.87
Toms River East 47.5 South – 4 51.67
Sussex Tech 47.5 North – 2 51.67
Woodbury 47.5 South – 1 51.67
Passaic 47.4 North – 5 51.60
Orange 47.2 North – 4 51.47
Plainfield 47 North – 5 51.33
Pompton Lakes 46.9 North – 1 51.27
Watchung Hills 46.8 North – 5 51.20
Kinnelon 46.8 North – 2 51.20
Burlington City 46.6 South – 1 51.07
Holy Cross Prep Academy 46.5 Non-Public 2 51.00
Perth Amboy 46 North – 5 50.67
Toms River South 45.9 South – 4 50.60
Haddon Heights 45.5 South – 2 50.33
J.P. Stevens 45.3 North – 5 50.20
Chatham 45.1 North – 4 50.07
New Providence 45 North – 1 50.00
Carteret 44.9 North – 3 49.93
Pinelands 44.9 South – 3 49.93
Woodstown 44.7 South – 1 49.80
Brearley-Kenilworth 44 North – 1 49.33
Collegiate-Newark 43.6 South – 2 49.07
Wood-Ridge 43.6 North – 1 49.07
Millburn 43.4 North – 4 48.93
Dunellen 43.2 North – 1 48.80
Harrison 42.9 South – 2 48.60
Hopatcong 42.7 North – 1 48.47
Jackson-Liberty 42.5 South – 3 48.33
Bishop Eustace 42.4 Non-Public 3 48.27
Roselle 42.3 South – 2 48.20
Keansburg 42.3 South – 1 48.20
Manchester-Regional 42.2 North – 2 48.13
Lenape Valley 42.1 North – 2 48.07
Hamilton-West 42 South – 4 48.00
Scotch Plains-Fanwood 41.9 North – 4 47.93
Wallington 41.4 North – 1 47.60
Manchester-Township 41.3 South – 3 47.53
Camden Catholic 41 Non-Public 3 47.33
Howell 40.6 South – 5 47.07
Bridgeton 40.6 South – 4 47.07
Paul VI, Haddonfield 40.6 Non-Public 4 47.07
Secaucus 40.4 North – 2 46.93
North Plainfield 40.3 North – 3 46.87
Mendham 40.1 North – 4 46.73
Cherry Hill – East 39.7 South – 5 46.47
Indian Hills 39.6 North – 3 46.40
Pascack Hills 39.6 North – 2 46.40
Ridgefield Park 39.6 North – 2 46.40
Keyport/Henry Hudson 39.6 South – 1 46.40
Colts Neck 39.5 South – 4 46.33
North Warren 39 North – 1 46.00
Parsippany 38.7 North – 2 45.80
Hightstown 38.5 South – 4 45.67
Lakewood 38.5 South – 4 45.67
St. Mary – Rutherford 38.5 Non-Public 2 45.67
New Egypt 38.4 South – 1 45.60
Fair Lawn 38.3 North – 4 45.53
Gloucester Catholic 38.3 Non-Public 2 45.53
Morris Catholic 38 Non-Public 2 45.33
Belleville 36.5 North – 4 44.33
Becton 35.7 North – 1 43.80
Pemberton 35.2 South – 3 43.47
Saddle Brook 34.9 North – 1 43.27
Glen Ridge 34.7 North – 1 43.13
Haddon Township 34.4 South – 1 42.93
Eastside-Paterson 34.3 North – 5 42.87
Lodi 34 North – 2 42.67
Monroe 32.9 South – 5 41.93
Vernon 32.9 North – 3 41.93
Bogota 32.9 North – 1 41.93
Pingry 32.8 Non-Public 3 41.87
South Hunterdon 32 South – 1 41.33
Columbia 31.9 North – 5 41.27
St. Thomas Aquinas 31.5 Non-Public 3 41.00
Immaculate-Montclair 31 Non-Public 2 40.67
Tenafly 30.9 North – 3 40.60
Snyder-Jersey City 30.3 North – 3 40.20
Lawrence Twp. 29.9 South – 3 39.93
Clayton 29.7 South – 1 39.80
Weehawken 28.2 North – 1 38.80
Fort Lee 28 North – 2 38.67
Matawan 27.9 South – 3 38.60
Lower Cape May 27.8 South – 2 38.53
Spotswood 27.8 South – 2 38.53
Maple Shade 27 South – 1 38.00
Cliffside Park 26.2 North – 4 37.47
Belvidere 26.1 North – 1 37.40
Palmyra 25.4 South – 1 36.93
Montclair-Kimberley 24.6 Non-Public 2 36.40
Whippany Park 24.5 North – 1 36.33
Gloucester City 24.2 South – 1 36.13
Memorial W-NY 23.4 North – 5 35.60
Cumberland Regional 22.3 South – 3 34.87
Manville 22.2 South – 1 34.80
Morristown-Beard 20.5 Non-Public 2 33.67
West Windsor-Plainsboro 19.3 South – 5 32.87
Point Pleasant Beach 18.5 South – 1 32.33
Pal Park-Leonia 17.5 North – 3 31.67
Bergen Tech 17.3 North – 5 31.53
Bordentown 17.1 South – 2 31.40
Metuchen 16.7 South – 2 31.13
Princeton 16.1 South – 4 30.73
Lindenwold 15.3 South – 2 30.20
Robbinsville 14.5 South – 3 29.67
Elmwood Park 14 North – 2 29.33
East Side-Newark 11.1 North – 5 27.40
Kearny 10.9 North – 4 27.27
Riverside 7.6 South – 1 25.07
Dover 7.3 North – 3 24.87
Dickinson 6.9 North – 5 24.60
North Arlington 6.5 North – 1 24.33
Ferris 6.3 North – 4 24.20
Pitman 4.9 South – 1 23.27
Dayton-Springfield 4.3 North – 1 22.87
Marist-Bayonne 0.2 Non-Public 2 20.13
Roselle Park 0 North – 1 20.00
Highland Park 0 South – 1 20.00
Dwight Englewood 0 Non-Public 3 20.00
Newark Academy -0.3 Non-Public 2 20.00
Wildwood -26.9 South – 1 20.00