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GMC Strength of Schedule 2019: Where does your team rank?

The NJSIAA's Executive Committee will take a final vote in June on proposed changes to the high school football playoff formula, which includes the new Opponent Strength Index, a similar but alternate formula to the Born Power Index.  It's meant to seed teams based on the average strength rating of their opponents, rather than their…

A first look at how the Opponent Strength Index would work

The new Opponent Strength Index, or OSI, is the NJSIAA's answer to the controversy caused by the Born Power Index last year. They're very similar formulas, and both take into account margin of victory, and the difference between two opponents' ratings, which Born called a "spread" or "projection." But the OSI will be used much…

NJSIAA approves new Opponent Strength Index on first reading

ROBBINSVILLE - Just one more vote by the NJSIAA Executive Committee will usher in the second new high school football playoff formula in as many years, the new Opponent Strength Index. The OSI would replace the Born Power Index, which became mired in controversy last year when the formula was not revealed, and WCTC Sports'…

Piscataway's 2019 schedule full of rivals and storylines

by Mike Pavlichko Hands down, Piscataway has the most interesting and diverse slate of high school football games in the area for 2019. It's a result of the GMC's plan to put teams in divisions based strictly on enrollment, and not on past success.  That put the Chiefs "down" into the White Division, although that…

GMC, Mid-State Football Schedules Released for 2019 Season

The Greater Middlesex and Mid-State football conferences have released their 2019 composite schedules, their next-to-last ones as separate leagues before they form the Big Central Football Conference in 2021. But the final divisional alignments are almost as intriguing. The GMC will have a Gold Division for the second year in a row and - at…

NJSIAA ditches Born Power Index after 2018 controversy

The Born Power Index has been around for more than 40 years, but it's being tossed aside by the NJSIAA after just one season. The state's high school athletics association says it's putting the finishing touches on a new football playoff formula "to replace the Born Power Index." It was used to help seed the…