Following some confusion during the week regarding the BUCS postseason draws (mostly caused by me not understanding the Regs properly), we reached out to BUCS to help us clear everything up and ensure we’ve got a more accurate understanding of the postseason procedures moving forwards!
Gratifyingly, the BUCS team were really responsive and helpful, breaking the processes down for us so we’ll do a better job of sharing it with the community moving forwards!
As we’re all aware by now, BUCS have confirmed the draws for the Championship (Premiership), Trophy (Division One) and the North & South Conference Cups (Division Two) – these are now live on BUCScore and on DblCoverage.com.
The teams competing in these competitions have been seeded (explanations below) based on the current BUCS regulations. These regulations have not changed from previous years and are published under the American Football section of the BUCS Website.
Yesterday, the South Conference Cup was published incorrectly due to a miscalculation in the seeding process, this draw was quickly removed from the site and has since been updated with the correct seedings. No other draws were affected by this issue.
The BUCS leagues and seeding calculations are a two-stage process. The first stage establishes where teams finish within their leagues and the second stage determines the seeding for the Knockout competitions.
The standings in BUCS leagues are calculated based on points (2 for a win, 1 for a draw, and 0 for a loss) rather than on a win/loss record (e.g. 5-2). A 5-1 team would typically be placed above a 4-0 team in the same conference, for example.
Any teams tied on points are then separated using either BUCS REG 11.9.3 (Tie between two teams) or BUCS REG 11.9.4 (Tie between three or more teams) – the ‘mini-leagues’ used to separate teams within one conference, but not between two teams of the same rank in separate conferences (which is where I went wrong in my seedings!)
Once final league positions are established the seedings are calculated using regulations AMF 15.2 (Trophy) or AMF 15.3 (Conference Cup). There has been some confusion surrounding this process but BUCS have clarified this for us.
The ‘mini-leagues’ used in this instance here are only between the top three teams in each conference, rather than a team’s performance across their whole regular season. Therefore the ALP/APC is only for the fixtures vs the top three teams rather than the ALP/APC for the whole season.
Also, teams are seeded in three ‘brackets’; all the first-place teams are compared against each other, then all the second, then the third – this is the same as in previous years, there was simply an error in the D2 South that made it appear like this had changed, but that has since been corrected.
Teams who win their conference are higher seeds than those who finish second, who are subsequently seeded higher than teams who finish third. The teams are then compared within these brackets using ALP & APC to determine their seed.
This follows the same logic as the NFL, teams who win their division are higher seeds then teams in the wildcard spot irrespective of their finishing records. For example, in the 2016 NFL season the Houston Texans won the AFC South with a 9-7 record and hosted the 12-4 Oakland Raiders in the Wildcard Round. The Texans had home-field advantage because they’d won their division, despite having a worse record than the Raiders.
All clear? Any further questions, just shout and we’ll happily forward them along.
I’d like to thank BUCS for helping clarify everything heading into this weekend’s games and wish the best of luck to all the teams involved!