The 2019 football season opens on Thursday

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The start of the football season is upon us.

With every other fall sport now at least a week into their competitive season, football kicks off on Thursday with a slate of 18 games across the state, ranging from 6-man to 5A. Week 1 continues with 68 more games on Friday, and another 13 on Saturday.

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With the changes to football's schedule in recent years, Zero Week is no more. The regular season begins with Week 1, and runs through Week 11 (in classes 4A and 3A).

6-man, 8-man, 1A and 2A each have a nine-game regular season. 3A, 4A and 5A have a 10-game regular season.

The playoffs will begin in early-to-mid November across the classes, with championships starting on Nov. 23, and concluding on Dec. 7.

New this year is the creation of a four-pronged seeding criteria formula which will use rankings from the RPI, MaxPreps, Packard Rating System, and the coaches poll to determine seeds. The RPI will continue to be the way teams qualify for the bracket.

As always, CHSAANow will have complete coverage of football on Friday nights with updates from around the state in all classes.