For the sake of argument, let’s say 50 of those 78 teams that already have five wins are secure in the playoff field.
That leaves about 95 slots that still are up for grabs.
There are 78 teams that have 3-4 records that need to win both of their remaining games just
to get into the discussion for the playoffs.
Many of these teams have roads that range from the difficult to near impossible to reach the five-win plateau, and only five (Pekin, Chester, Thornridge, Lake Forest and Oakland Tri-County) have two games remaining where their opponents have two wins or fewer.
All of the others schools in the 3-4 group have to pull at least one upset, and possibly two, just to get to the eligible list.
Then we arrive at the healthy list of teams at 4-3. The list includes 72 teams, with some prominent ones mixed in. Like the 3-4 group, only a handful of teams have two games against teams that are out of the playoff race already.
Others aren’t as fortunate.
Let’s take a look at a few bubble teams and the tough roads they have to navigate: