Season’s first RPI rankings released

Number of area teams in early playoff hunt

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Fort Dodge's Brycen Bell cuts upfield after an interception earlier this year at Dodger Stadium.

The initial set of rankings to determine at-large prep football qualifiers was released on Monday, along with the latest Associated Press polls.

Like last season, a Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) will be used to complete the playoff brackets later this fall, as at-large selections join the district champions.

Three factors go into finding the RPI for each team in each class: record, opponents’ records, and opponents’ opponent records.

In Class 4A, Fort Dodge is currently 12th at 4-2 overall after a two-point loss at Des Moines Roosevelt. The Dodgers did drop from the AP Top-10, as they are 13th. The Roughriders moved up two spots to seventh with the win.

Five teams from Fort Dodge’s district are ranked in the RPI Top-12, including No. 3 Ankeny Centennial, who the Dodgers visit this Friday. Roosevelt is sixth, Marshalltown seventh and Southeast Polk ninth.

Both Algona (6-0) and Southeast Valley (4-2) are in the RPI Top-10 in 2A, with the Bulldogs third and Jaguars 10th.

Algona, coming off a 41-8 victory over Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, remained third in the AP poll. The Bulldogs have scored over 34 points in all six games, and allowed under eight three times.

Southeast Valley suffered a setback to Spirit Lake a week ago, but has played one of the toughest schedules with the record of its opponents sitting at 32-22.

Despite being ranked sixth in 1A, South Central Calhoun is just 11th in the first RPI. The Titans (6-0) have allowed only 27 points on the year and are coming off a hard-fought 21-6 victory over South Hamilton.

Emmetsburg sits just outside the Top-16, as the E-Hawks are 17th despite being 3-3. They have also played a tough schedule, as their opponents are 39-15 on the season.

In eight-man, Newell-Fonda (5-1) is 10th in the RPI. The Mustangs are also just outside the AP rankings.

West Des Moines Valley (4A), Western Dubuque (3A), Waukon (2A), Dike-New Hartford (1A), West Hancock (A) and Don Bosco (8-man) are the AP top teams, with Cedar Falls (4A), Lewis Central (3A), Waukon, Van Meter (1A), West Hancock and Anita-CAM (8-man) holding the RPI top spots.