One of the issues is that in terms of enrollment*, Minnetonka and Wayzata are SO much larger than the next crop of large schools in the state. Hopkins, in terms of enrollment is at the low end of the 6A schools - it's relatively close in size to Andover and Moorhead for example which are 5A. There has to be some kind of a cutoff however and where do you place that?
Also, this is really only about football. Hopkins and Park Center (which I suspect would be 6A if not for enrollment) are obviously basketball powers. Should teams be rewarded just because they can't field a competent football program despite their size?
* enrollment obviously referring to the flawed system the MSHSL uses to determine placement.
But I disagree there has to be a cutoff for regular season scheduling.
Obviously there does for playoff classification.
Minnetonka and Wayzata need games…but what if:
What if Hopkins could play Armstrong, Cooper, St. Louis park, Jefferson, park center, wayzata, Buffalo, and Minnetonka.
My issue is that they are creating a cut line where if you’re in the top 32 (or some years 30) that basically are saying you’re the only people in the state that is stuck always being the smallest fish in your pond.
My point more is, in the regular season, let the bottom of 6a play in multiple ponds.
Right now with the way the schedule is built there are 128 regular season losses guaranteed for 32 teams. And when you consider Stillwater, lakeville south, rosemount, maple grove, and Eden prairie combine for 5 losses in the regular season.
That means there are 123 losses for 27 teams. That’s 4.5 losses per team. The model of containing the top 32 to playing just each other means you’re basically creating an environment where mathematically a bunch of large schools HAVE to be bad at football.
In other classes there are more teams. There are games between teams in different classes.
Mathematically there have to be teams that lose a lot of games by nature of there not being ties…however, 6a is the only place where the regular season schedule causes you to look at 20 teams and say, yup, you 20 are going to take 110 losses.