How it works
Teams that finish the regular season with a conference record higher than .500 are guaranteed a locked-in playoff berth.
Teams that finish at exactly .500 in conference play are considered “playoff eligible.” Though they technically are not guaranteed a berth, and in recent years, most (if not all) teams with .500 conference records have qualified.
If the WIAA field is not filled after all the locked-in and playoff-eligible teams are included, teams with losing records will be selected to complete the field. Traditionally, teams from 10-team conferences (such as the Big Eight and Rock Valley) have received priority under the selection guidelines.
Already locked in
Badger North: Waunakee (6-0 in conference); Mount Horeb/Barneveld (5-1), Beaver Dam (4-2), DeForest (4-2).
Badger South: Monona Grove (6-0), Stoughton (5-1), Oregon (4-2).
Big Eight: Sun Prairie (8-0), Middleton (7-1), Madison West (6-2), Verona (5-3).
Capitol North: Lodi (4-0), Lake Mills (3-1).
Capitol South: Cambridge (3-0).
Ridge and Valley: Seneca/Wauzeka-Steuben (5-0), De Soto (4-1), Ithaca (4-1).
Rock Valley: Clinton (7-0), Jefferson (7-1), Beloit Turner (6-2), Evansville/Albany (5-3).
Scenic Bluffs: Bangor (4-0), Brookwood (4-0).
Six Rivers: Black Hawk (6-0); Potosi/Cassville (6-1); Pecatonica/Argyle (5-2).
South Central: Mauston (4-0), Wautoma (4-0).
Southwest Wisconsin: Lancaster (4-0), Platteville (3-1), Prairie du Chien (3-1).
SWAL: Cuba City (5-0), Mineral Point (4-1), Fennimore (4-2).
Trailways Large: Markesan (5-0), Pardeeville (4-1), Dodgeland (4-1).
Trailways Small: Fall River (6-0), Oshkosh Lourdes (5-1), Johnson Creek (4-2).
Already playoff eligible, and locked in with one more conference win
Capitol South: Belleville (2-1 in conference); New Glarus/Monticello (2-1).
Scenic Bluffs: Royall (3-2).
Trailways Large: Horicon/Hustisford (3-1).
Not yet playoff eligible, but locked in with one more conference win
Note: Teams in this group that lose Friday would not automatically be "locked in" or "playoff eligible," due to a losing conference record. However, each would finish one game below .500, and there have been instances in the past in which the WIAA has needed to invite a few sub-.500 teams to fill the playoff field.
Badger South: Monroe (3-3 in conference), Watertown (3-3).
Big Eight: Janesville Craig (4-4), Madison La Follette (4-4).
Capitol North: Lakeside Lutheran (2-2), Watertown Luther Prep (2-2).
Rock Valley: East Troy (4-4).
Six Rivers: River Ridge (3-3).
South Central: Nekoosa (2-2).
Southwest Wisconsin: River Valley (2-2).
Trailways Small: Cambria-Friesland (3-3), Deerfield (3-3).
Playoff eligible with one more conference win
Capitol South: Waterloo (1-2 in conference).
Ridge and Valley: North Crawford (2-3).
Scenic Bluffs: Cashton (2-3), New Lisbon (2-3), Hillsboro (2-3).
SWAL: Darlington (2-3), Iowa-Grant (2-3).
Additional teams that would finish one game below .500 in conference play with a win Friday, but are not automatically locked in or playoff eligible.
Note: Teams are ranked by size (number of members).
Big Eight: Madison Memorial (3-5 in conference).
Rock Valley: Walworth Big Foot (3-5).
Badger North: Reedsburg (2-4), Portage (2-4).
Badger South: Fort Atkinson (2-4).
Capitol North: Columbus (1-3).
Six Rivers: Highland (2-4), Benton/Scales Mound, Ill. (2-4).
Trailways Small: Rio (2-4).