Michigan changes high school football playoff qualifications

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The Michigan High School Athletic Association is changing the qualifications for the 2020 high school football playoffs. The MHSAA is making a team’s strength of schedule the overriding factor in determining whether a team is part of the 256-team playoff field in the state’s eight divisions.

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Under the current format implemented in 1999, teams qualify for the postseason if they win six games. The new point system incentivizes teams to play a strong schedule.

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