The Texas high school football playoffs are set to begin this week on Fox Sports. Here’s everything you need to know about the matchups and how to watch.
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The Texas high school football playoffs are set to begin on Fox Sports this week. Fox will televise the first two rounds of the playoffs, which will take place on Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16. The semifinals will air on FS1 on Saturday, November 17, and the championship game will be televised on Sunday, November 18.
What is the Texas High School Football Playoffs?
The Texas High School Football Playoffs is a statewide tournament that determines the champion of Texas high school football. The playoffs are open to all teams in the state, regardless of their district affiliation or record.
How the Playoffs Work
The playoff system used in Texas high school football is somewhat different from other states, but it ultimately produces the same result: the best teams compete for a state championship.
To qualify for the postseason, teams must first win their district championship. In Texas, there are 16 different districts within each of the five classifications (1A-5A). The number of teams that advance from each district varies depending on the size of the district. For example, in a district with eight teams, four will advance to the playoffs. In a district with ten teams, six will advance.
In addition to winning their districts, teams also accumulate what are called “ wild card ” points throughout the season. These points are used to break ties between teams with similar records that are vying for a spot in the playoffs. The number of wild card points a team earns is based on their win-loss record, strength of schedule, and margin of victory.
Once all the district champions and wild card qualifiers have been determined, the playoff bracket is set. The playoffs follow a standard single-elimination format, meaning each team is only guaranteed one game. The state championship is played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on the first Saturday in December.
Who is Playing in the Playoffs?
The Texas high school football playoffs are set to begin on Fox Sports. The playoffs will feature eight teams from each of the five classifications in the state.
The teams that have qualified for the playoffs are:
South Grand Prairie
Fox Sports’ Coverage of the Playoffs
Fox Sports will be providing coverage of the Texas high school football playoffs this year, beginning with the first round of games on Thursday, November 16.
The network will air four games each day during the first two rounds of the playoffs, with the semifinals and finals being broadcast on Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25, respectively.
This will be the first time that Fox Sports has aired high school football games in Texas, and the coverage will be a boon for fans of the sport who want to follow their favorite teams throughout the playoffs.
The brackets are set and the first round of the playoffs begin this week on Fox Sports. All games will be carried live on either FS1 or Fox Sports Southwest. The full schedule is below.
GAME 1: Thursday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. ET – Airline (10-1) at John Ehret (11-0) on FS1
GAME 2: Friday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. ET – DeSoto (9-2) at Duncanville (11-0) on FS1
GAME 3: Saturday, Nov. 18 at noon ET – Amarillo Tascosa (9-2) at Odessa Permian (10-1) on Fox Sports Southwest
GAME 4: Saturday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. ET – Longview (11-0) at Allen (11-0) on Fox Sports Southwest