If The Season Ended Today… BUCS 17/18 Week Ten

We’re past the point of no return in the 2017/18 season and so it’s time to start talking about who’s ready to book their place in the postseason!

If the powers that be at BUCS were to call an end to the season this very day? Let’s take a look at who’d be in or out when it comes to the postseason culls in each tier.

Division Two

We’ll start at the bottom and work our way up.

Division Two has the smallest number of teams headed to a potential postseason, by proportion to the number of teams involved at least, with 16 berths for the 41 teams that began the season in that tier to compete for – eight for the three northern conferences (2A Borders, 2A North and 2A Midlands), eight for the three southern (2A South, 2A South East, 2A South West). Playoffs are regional.

What’s more, this season in Division Two we’ll once again see the postseason fixtures only determining BUCS points. Promotion is determined beforehand, with conferences winners from each of the six conferences switching place with the six fifth-place finishers from the respective Division One conference above them.

The eight playoff berths for each region (north/south) are determined and seeded as follows.

  • Teams placed first in each conference are seeded #1, #2, #3.
  • Teams placed second in each conference are seeded #4, #5, #6.
  • The two third-place teams with the best record from across the three conferences are seeded #7, #8.

In previous seasons, in cases where teams have the same number of BUCS points (two per win), tiebreakers were as follows:

  • Teams that have conceded walkovers will always be placed below those of equal points that have not. (BUCS REG 9.9.1)
  • Head to head record. Where this is split, the aggregate score will determine the higher placed team.  (BUCS REG 9.9.3)
  • Points conceded (BUCS AMF 11.4). It’s not specified, but we assume this is average points conceded over games played (walkover wins are discounted)
  • Points scored (BUCS REG 9.9.7)
  • Coin Toss (BUCS REG 9.9.9)

Having spoken with the BUCS Sports Advisory Group we can confirm that there is no special consideration for schedule length.

Bearing all this in mind,

The teams currently sat in playoff berths in the Division Two northern conferences are as follows:

#1 – Manchester Titans (6-0, 2.5 papg)
#2 – Newcastle Raiders (5-0, 4.0 papg)
#3 – Coventry Jets (3-0, 2.0 papg)
#4 – Bangor Muddogs (6-1, 8.6 papg)
#5 – Edinburgh Predators (5-2, 8.6 papg)
#6 – MMU Eagles (3-1, 18.0 papg)
#7 – Liverpool Raptors (4-1, 10.2 papg)
#8 – Teesside Cougars (4-1, 21.6 papg) *



Locked into Playoffs:
  • Manchester Titans
  • Newcastle Raiders
  • Edinburgh Predators
  • Bangor Muddogs

As it currently stands in the North, we believe the following teams have guaranteed themselves playoff football – though this is somewhat dependent on how uneven scheduling will factor into determining third-place berths. Currently, the teams listed can finish no worse than third in their respective conference, and there are not three teams in the 2A Midlands capable of finishing the year with five wins, thus guaranteeing postseason action to the following:

Out of the race:
  • UWS Pyros
  • HWU American Football
  • Chester Legion
  • Keele Crusaders
  • Tarannau Aberystwyth
  • Lincoln Colonials
  • Worcester Royals
  • Edge Hill Vikings
  • Bradford Bears
  • Lincoln Colonials

The teams currently sat in playoff berths in the Division Two southern conferences are as follows:

#1 – QMBL Vipers (6-1, 15.29 papg) *
#2 – Brighton Panthers (5-0, 3.5 papg)
#3 – OBU Panthers (5-0, 5.2 papg)
#4 – Southampton Stags (5-0, 8.0 papg)
#5 – UEL Phoenix (4-3, 10.57 papg)
#6 – UCL Emperors (3-2, 8.5 papg)
#7 – Essex Blades (3-3, 10.5 papg)
#8 – KCL Regents (2-2-1, 6.4 papg)

*Thanks to their lengthier schedule, eight games versus six, the QMBL Vipers currently have more BUCS points than the undefeated #1 seeds in others conferences.


Locked into Playoffs:
  • Brighton Panthers*
  • QMBL Vipers*
  • Southampton Stags
  • OBU Panthers

* Conference Champion

Out of the race:
  • Bristol Barracuda*
  • Bournemouth Bobcats*
  • Bath Spa Bulldogs*
  • BNU Buccaneers†

*With a best possible record of 2 wins, and third place teams in the South and South East with 3 and 2.5 wins respectively, these teams can no longer make the postseason.

†The Buccaneers have withdrawn from the 17/18 BUCS season.


Division One

To all intents and purposes, the rules and regulations concerning playoff qualification in Division One are the same as those of Division Two.

Sixteen teams, eight from each regional group of three conferences, qualify for the postseason. Seedings and tiebreakers are determined as per Division Two. Playoffs are regional.

However, in this instance teams are still competing for promotion via the postseason, and the two regional champions will receive promotion to the top tier, before competing against one another in a Division One National Title game.

Based on these factors,

The teams currently sat in playoff berths in the Division One northern conferences are as follows:

#1 – Nottingham (6-0, 4.5 papg)
#2 – UCLAN Rams  (5-2, 13.86 papg)
#3 – Glasgow Tigers (4-3, 11.85 papg)*
#4 – Edinburgh Napier Knights (4-2, 8.16 papg)
#5 – NTU Renegades (4-2, 11.16 papg)
#6 – Sheffield Hallam Warriors (4-3, 12.0 papg)
#7 – Northumbria Mustangs (4-2, 13.17)*
#8 – Leicester Longhorns (3-3, 17.5 papg)

*Glasgow-Northumbria’s Week Ten game has currently been scored as a double-header, with its scoreline counted twice – home and away.  We are seeking confirmation that this is intentional.

Locked in:
  • Nottingham*

*Conference Champion

Out of the race:
  • Sunderland Spartans*
  • Staffordshire Stallions*

* Can finish no better than 5th in their respective conference and are relegated.


The teams currently sat in playoff berths in the Division One southern conferences are as follows:

#1 – Kent Falcons (6-0, 4.0 papg)
#2 – Plymouth Blitz (6-1, 13.7 papg)
#3 – Kingston Cougars (5-1, 8.66 papg)
#4 – UEA Pirates (6-1, 4.57 papg)
#5 – Brunel Burners (5-1, 6.8 papg)*
#6 – UWE Bullets (4-1, 10.2 papg)
#7 – Exeter Demons (3-3, 15.5 papg)
#8 – Surrey Stingers (2-4, 14.33 papg)

*Brunel-Sussex’s Week Ten game has currently been scored as a double-header, with its scoreline counted twice – home and away.  We are seeking confirmation that this is intentional.

Locked in
  • Kent Falcons
  • Plymouth Blitz
  • UEA Pirates
Out of the race:
  • Southampton Solent Redhawks



The 17/18 Premiership postseason sees eight of the ten teams secure berths to the postseason, with only fifth-place finishers not seeing at least one game of postseason Uniball, and instead automatically relegated.

Seeding is determined by placement of each team in their respective conference.

  • Teams placed first in each conference are seeded #1 and #2.
  • Teams placed second in each conference are seeded #3 and #4.
  • Teams in third place in each conference are seeded #5 and #6
  • And teams placed fourth are seeded #7 and #8.

The tiebreakers noted above will determine seedings between inter-conference opposition with the first round of postseason balling always featuring inter-conference fixtures.

Therefore, as things currently stand the playoff seedings would look as follows:

A: North #1 vs South #4
Durham Saints (7-0, 9.0 papg) vs Portsmouth Destroyers (2-3, 19.4 papg)
B: South #1 vs North #4
Birmingham Lions (5-1, 17.83 papg)  vs Leeds Beckett Carnegie (2-4, 24.5 papg)
C: North #2 vs South #3
Stirling Clansmen (4-2, 15.5 papg) vs  Swansea Titans (2-3, 21.4 papg)
D: South #2 vs North #3
Hertfordshire Hurricanes (5-1, 14.5 papg)  vs Derby Braves (2-5, 16 papg)

Missing out and currently in the relegation positions are the Loughborough Students and the Bath Killer Bees.

Locked in:
  • Portsmouth Destroyers
  • Durham Saints*
  • Stirling Clansmen
  • Birmingham Lions
  • Hertfordshire Hurricanes
Out of the race:

N/A no teams yet outta the race



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