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Football rankings need to change

October 9, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

Right now, there are around 17 Class C Schools in the Upper Peninsula versus six AB Schools from sports writers' and sportscasters' towns.

Very few Class C Schools play or will play U.P. AB schools and especially, they won't play Escanaba, Menominee or Kingsford.

Each Mid-Pen team, for example, plays three non-conference games. If they are going to be ranked with the AB U.P. schools, they should have to play their non-conference games against U.P. AB schools or else just have AB and C Class separate.

If you want to vote ABC Classes together, then have two class representatives from Class A, two from Class B and two chosen representatives from Class C do the voting. That should be fair enough instead of a 17 to 6 voting ratio.

Most AB fans can't afford to follow their teams if one week they go to lower Michigan and the next week have to go to Minnesota because U.P. Class C teams won't play them. You would get a lot more visiting fans to your games if you played U.P. teams.

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In conclusion, to be fair, the Class C teams need to play their non-conference games against U.P. AB schools if they want to be voted with them. If a Class C team beats a Class A or B school, they deserve to be ranked above them but first, they need to play the games.





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