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Pekin Tops Area Teams in Latest RPI Rankings

By Jason Van Arkel, September 24, 2018

The Iowa High School Athletic Association on Monday released the updated football RPI standings through week five of the 2018 season. Among area schools, Pekin now owns the highest RPI ranking, moving up two spots to the #4 spot in the Class A list.

Pekin knocked Cardinal out of the top spot among area teams by beating the Comets last Friday night. The Panthers improved to 4-1, while Cardinal dropped to 4-1. The Comets dropped ten spots in the Class A RPI standings, settling in at #12. In a week where eight of our 13 area teams dropped, that wasn’t even the biggest fall. Centerville slipped 11 spots to #19 in Class 2A after the Big Reds lost at Des Moines Christian.

This week’s biggest area RPI riser was Oskaloosa. The Indians blasted Grinnell on Friday, and jumped nine spots to #16 in the Class 3A standings. Van Buren had the second-biggest improvement, moving up six spots to #44 in Class 1A after earning its first win of the season.

The RPI formula factors in a team’s winning percentage, weighted at 37.5%, the winning percentage of its opponents, also weighted at 37.5%, and its opponents’ opponents winning percentage, weighted at 25%. The calculations for both the second and third factors include all of a team’s opponents for the season, including the ones they have yet to play.

Teams that win district championships will qualify for the playoffs automatically, with the rest of the 16-team field in each class determined by the final RPI standings. This week’s rankings for each of our area teams is listed below, as well as how far up or down they moved from last week.


Ottumwa: 32nd (down 3)


Oskaloosa: 16th (up 9)

Fairfield: 38th (down 8)


Centerville: 19th (down 11)

Albia: 39th (up 5)

Davis County: 42nd (down 6)

EBF: 44th (down 10)


Sigourney-Keota: 20th (down 9)

Van Buren: 44th (up 6)


Pekin: 4th (up 2)

Cardinal: 12th (down 10)


Moravia: 33rd (down 7)

Twin Cedars: 44th (down 2)