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Osky Tops Area Teams in Latest Football RPI

By Jason Van Arkel, October 08, 2018

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Oskaloosa football team now sits higher than any other area team in the latest RPI standings, which were released by the Iowa High School Athletic Association Monday afternoon.

Oskaloosa’s move up to the #8 spot in the Class 3A RPI rankings came in dramatic fashion, as the Indians beat Pella 36-35 in overtime. Osky topped Pella for the first time since 2006, snapping an 11-game losing streak to the Dutch. The Indians moved up four spots in the RPI rankings–although they’re also one win away from wrapping up a district title and an automatic playoff berth, and face two sub-.500 teams to wrap up the regular season.

Since only 16 teams in each class make the playoffs, being ranked in the top 16 in RPI can roughly be considered playoff position. The only area team besides Oskaloosa currently sitting in the top 16 is Sigourney-Keota, which moved up one spot to #16 in the Class 1A rankings with a victory over Columbus. The Cobras face Wapello this Friday, and then their postseason hopes may come down to the season-ending matchup with Mediapolis.

The biggest RPI improvement among area teams comes from Albia, which moved up nine spots to #24 in Class 2A after a thrilling triple-overtime win over Davis County. The Blue Demons have won four in a row, but they’ll have to upset Williamsburg this Friday night to have a shot at climbing high enough in the RPI to earn a playoff berth.

Conversely, the biggest tumble in RPI belongs to Pekin, which fell 14 spots to #22 in Class A after a loss to unbeaten BGM. The Panthers will need to win out to have any chance at getting back into playoff position. They play at Belle Plaine this week before finishing at home versus Durant.

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.

CLASS 4A

Ottumwa: 36th (down 2)

CLASS 3A

Oskaloosa: 8th (up 4)

Fairfield: 22nd (up 6)

CLASS 2A

Centerville: 22nd (up 1)

Albia: 24th (up 9)

EBF: 30th (up 8)

Davis County: 47th (down 1)

CLASS 1A

Sigourney-Keota: 16th (up 1)

Van Buren: 47th (down 1)

CLASS A

Pekin: 22nd (down 14)

Cardinal: 28th (down 9)

8-MAN

Moravia: 35th (up 4)

Twin Cedars: 45th (down 1)