Opening Drive (Nov. 6): Round one

How much does home field advantage mean in the first round of the playoffs?

Depends on who you ask, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Home teams in the first round should feel pretty good about their chances, but there are some upsets every year — at least seeding-wise — lurking in the shadows.

Let’s look back at the past three years of this current classification cycle:

  • Home teams in the first week of the 2019 playoffs (Division II-AAA had that week off):
  • Class 1A: 13-3
  • Class 2A: 13-3
  • Class 3A: 11-5
  • Class 4A: 14-2
  • Class 5A: 12-4
  • Class 6A: 13-3
  • DII-A: 3-1
  • DII-AA: 7-1
  • Total: 84-22 (.792)
  • Home teams in the first week of the 2018 playoffs:
  • Class 1A: 12-3
  • Class 2A: 13-3
  • Class 3A: 11-5
  • Class 4A: 11-5
  • Class 5A: 14-2
  • Class 6A: 13-2
  • DII-A: 4-0
  • DII-AA: 8-0
  • DII-AAA: 2-1
  • Total: 88-21 (.807)
  • Home teams in the first week of the 2017 playoffs:
  • Class 1A: 13-2
  • Class 2A: 14-2
  • Class 3A: 13-3
  • Class 4A: 12-4
  • Class 5A: 10-6
  • Class 6A: 11-5
  • DII-A: 3-1
  • DII-AA: 8-0
  • DII-AAA: 1-2
  • Total: 85-25 (.773)

Three-year total: 257-68 (.791)

There’s a good reason to like your chances if you’re at home.

Meanwhile, catch up on what you might have missed from Thursday:

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