And now it goes to a vote … looking like football playoffs are gonna change BIG TIME!

The sea change in playoff grouping format for the CIF-Southern Section that commissioner Rob Wigod has promised is now one final vote from becoming reality.

The Southern Section Council on Tuesday heard the section office’s plan to base playoff divisions on schools rather than leagues. The proposal will be voted on in January. If passed, the new format would be in use for the 2016-17 school year.

The biggest impact would be felt in football where schools are currently placed in their playoffs divisions based on what leagues they play in. Under the new guidelines, schools from the same league could play in different playoff divisions based solely on competitive equity using data acquired from the previous two seasons.

The system would be similar to the one used currently in boys and girls basketball. Under that format, a dynamic open division of the Southern Section’s elite teams has created quite a bit more fan excitement. In football, it would not only do that but also calm fears that the gap is growing between the haves and the have nots.

“If you’re in a leadership position, it’s your job and responsibility to make a difference,” Wigod said back in August. “And I firmly believe this could be one of the biggest differences made in the Southern Section in our over 100 years of history. I really believe that. This is a major change from what we’ve been doing.”

NEW!!! All-Encompassing SGV(N) Top 25 …

1. Bishop Amat (5-1) — Among the Pac-5 elite. Clearly.
2. La Habra (4-1) — Heavy favorite to sweep Freeway.
3. Charter Oak (4-1) — Good league test looms vs. Chino.
4. Glendora (4-1) — Fink wants Palomares crown.
5. St. Francis (4-1) — Knights got wake-up call before Angelus.
6. La Serna (3-2) — Del Rio may not be a cakewalk.
7. La Mirada (3-3) — Cruise control til playoffs.
8. Bonita (5-0) — We’ll find out against Claremont.
9. San Marino (5-0) — Counting days til Monrovia game.
10. West Covina (2-3) — Battle tested. That’s for sure.
11. Diamond Ranch (4-1) — Part of deep Hacienda battle.
12. Montebello (4-1) — Rival Schurr comes calling Friday.
13. Northview (4-1) — Deserves favorite role in VVL.
14. Monrovia (3-2) — Heading in right direction.
15. Los Altos (3-2) — Should get right vs. Walnut.
16. Diamond Bar (4-1) — Needs win over Ayala for confidence.
17. La Salle (4-1) — Hoping for better showing in Angelus.
18. St. Paul (3-2) — See La Salle comment.
19. San Dimas (3-2) — Don’t sleep on Saints in VVL.
20. Arcadia (3-2) — Can they complete the Pasadena exacta vs. Muir?
21. Damien (3-2) — Is Sparty ready for Baseline?
22. South Pasadena (5-0) — La Canada wants revenge vs. Tigers.
23. Pioneer (5-0) — Is the party about to end?
24. Whittier (3-2) — We’ll find out Friday vs. La Serna.
25. Arroyo (4-2) — Knights making their move.