The downside of the current playoff system in Tennessee is that it can create some rather long road trips, especially in the later rounds.
Some might say that it’s not necessarily a bad thing, and that may be true – if the return home is to prepare for more practice and not to turn equipment in after a season-ending loss.
As documented on Sunday, every team in the area either faces a long road trip of more than 100 miles, or is hosting a team making such a voyage in tonight’s Division I semifinal games.
There are a couple of exceptions in East Tennessee – Loudon’s trip to Alcoa is roughly 26 miles, while the trip from Knoxville West to Knoxville Central checks in at 9.5 miles.
Still, those longer road trips are one variable in trying to figure out which teams might survive Black Friday and book trips to Cookeville next week.
The BlueCross Bowl awaits the 12 teams that come out on the right side of the scoreboard in just a few hours.
Catch up on news from around the area, including a top recruit making his long-awaited collegiate decision: