Big Change made to California Open Division Championship Game

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by Jeff Fisher

CIF ChampionshipsThe California Interscholastic Federation is going back to the original way it chose teams for its Open Division Bowl Championship Game.

On Monday, the CIF announced that a selection committee will once again choose the best team from the North and a best team from the South to meet in the championship game in Carson on December 20th.  For the past two years, the CIF has used an expanded format that resulted in two teams in the north and two teams in the south battling in the Open Division Football Regional Bowl Championships with the winner advancing to the championship game.

This year the two finalists will be chosen on Selection Sunday on December 7th.

Last year, St. John Bosco defeated De La Salle for the Open Division championship, finishing second in High School Football America’s 2013 Top 25.

Divisions I-IV will still utilize the CIF Regional Championship Bowl Games to determine the championship games. The Regional Championship Bowl Games will be played on December 12th and 13th.

All the championship games will be played on December 19th and 20th in Carson.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.