Sources: Serra League ranked FOURTH out of FIVE PAC-5 leagues by football coaches playoff advisory committee …

The Serra League was ranked the fourth out of the five leagues that comprise the PAC-5 Division by the football coaches advisory committee, according to two sources close to the decision process.

The league rankings are: 1. Trinity, 2. South Coast, 3. Marmonte, 4. Serra, 5. Moore. The voting was held on Thursday.

The ranking of the leagues is particularly important because it is one factor in determining the at-large berth criteria. The Serra is hoping to get two at-large teams when brackets are announced on Sunday.

The CIF-Southern Section uses four-pronged formula to determine at-large berths. It is:

4 points for head-to-head record (if applicable).
2 points for strength of schedule, which is determined by adding up each team’s W-L record.
1 point for strength of league (which is the only SUBJECTIVE portion of the process and is determined by the coaches advisory committee).
1 point for overall record

The teams with the most points following this formula get the at-large bids. There are two at-large bids in the PAC-5 this season and they will be announced on Sunday.

Aram’s take: Just because the Serra is ranked fourth does not mean it’s impossible for the league to get BOTH at-large bids on Sunday. But it does support my point that the Serra IS NOT the top league in the PAC-5. It also deflates the assertions of both Fred J. Robledo and The Scouting Guru, who earlier this week claimed on PrepXtra Tuesday that the Serra League would be and should be considered the top league in the PAC-5. Again, this does not mean the Serra won’t get four teams in the playoffs, two via at-large berth. But it does make it a bit more difficult.

Please enjoy the following exchange from Tuesday’s show … you can see the segment in which we discuss the PAC-5 brackets at the 53:00 mark of the video below.

“The Serra League is going to get credit as the top league in the division,” — Fred J. Robledo on PrepXtra Tuesday.

“No, no, no, they are not going to get credit for being the best league in the division.” — Aram Tolegian on PrepXtra Tuesday.

“They use the CalPreps formula for the ratings of the league.” — Fred J. Robledo on PrepXtra Tuesday. (not true, it’s an advisory committee).

“They will not get credit for being the best.” — Aram Tolegian on PrepXtra Tuesday.


  • FredJ

    Even using Calpreps, Marmonte east is ranked sixth, Marmonte west 15, behind the Sierra. The Sierra is No. 1, not sure how in any way possible Marmone could be ranked ahead.

    • http://twitter.com/ChemicalAT Aram Tolegian

      Fred, you’re continuing to spread misinformation. These are NOT MY RANKINGS!!!! They are the rankings of the committee as told to me by two people who were in on the process.

      Also, Calpreps is not used to determine strength of schedule. The combined won-loss record of opponents determines that. Anyone can add them up and find that out.

  • FredJ

    I tweeted last night that CIF assistant commish Glenn Martinez said the only part of the process that is subjective is league strength, done by a committee, whether Aram’s rankings are correct remains to be seen. Martinez also said that Calpreps is used to determine strength of schedule. The Trinity League as a whole has the toughest schedule strength with the Sierra second.

  • http://twitter.com/sgvtrib_Mike Mike Robledo

    THIS will make for some entertaining discussion tonight for sure! Does Aram have his Hawaiian shirt ready just in case?

    • http://twitter.com/ChemicalAT Aram Tolegian

      AGAIN, I am not saying the Serra won’t get two at-larges. But I am saying they are not the No. 1 league in the division as Fred and the Guru said they were. That was my opinion and now it’s the opinion of the ONLY people who matter — the advisory board.

      • http://twitter.com/sgvtrib_Mike Mike Robledo

        your position Serra league isn’t top ranked league seems safe.. I would take exception to your source stating the 10 team Marmonte ranks higher than Serra league… that seems much more debatable than Serra ranking tops as Fred and Guru stated Tuesday night

  • Spartan 03

    I know Calpreps is not used to determine strength of league, but according to the ratings they give the teams, Serra League would be the number 1 league. From top to bottom, Serra League is right there with Trinity and South Coast

    1. Serra – 54.66
    2. Trinity – 54.08
    3. South Coast – 52.64
    4. Marmonte East – 36.74
    5. Marmonte West – 31.42
    6. Moore – 17.66

  • Spartan 03

    In the end strength of league and overall record is going to cancel each others point out. Worst case scenario is Bishop Amat loses and ends up 7-2-1, Orange Lutheran wins and ends up 7-3, San Clemente wins and ends up 6-4, and Crespi is 8-2. Per CIF Handbook, a tie is considered a half game win and half game loss which benefits Bishop Amat over Orange Lutheran. Crespi and Bishop Amat will own the overall better record, but San Clemente and Orange Lutheran will the strength of league. So, STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE is going to be the determining factor. So if someone wants to figure out strength of schedule for each team heading into week 10, have at it!

  • greenie

    I can’t believe Bishop is in this situation again…i hop they get in…That was a tough blow for the SGV