Had the NJSIAA had a playoff this year and used the UPR system, North Plainfield – boasting a 6-0 mark and checking in tied for tenth in the Week 6 Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten – would come out 9th in the 16-team North Group 3 supersection.
The Canucks strength of schedule hurt them. OSI – Opponent Strength Index – is a key component of the UPR system. North Plainfield ranked 13th in OSI average, and still as low as seventh in power points.
That’s in part because the Canucks had Group 2 schools like Spotswood, South River and Metuchen on the schedule, as well as Group 1 Middlesex.
Rahway, however, with a presumably tougher schedule based on OSI – they rank 4th in power point average and 7th in OSI with a 4-1 overall mark – would earn a first-round home game in the hypothetical North 1 bracket as the third-seed.
Governor Livingston (4-1) also makes the field.
Below are the overall standings and hypothetical brackets for the North Group 3 supersection:
Please take note that all calculations are unofficial, and no mechanism exists to check or confirm these numbers and standings. Strength Index and OSI are not being calculated publicly. Only records have been confirmed. OSI was locked after Week 5 to replicate the typical formula. All standings are purely hypothetical. Please report any discrepancies to firstname.lastname@example.org.