If The Season Ended Today… BUCS Week Ten

We’re seeing Conference Crowns locked up across the board, and three weeks in to the Trump Administration it’s looking more and more likely we may not live to see them all sealed up in Week Twelve.

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 43 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 is the first time we’ll see the postseason fixtures only determining BUCS points – much to the chagrin of pretty much the entire tier who had this sprung upon them midway through the season. Rather, 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 from across the three conferences are seeded #7, #8.

In cases where teams have the same number of BUCS points (two per win), tiebreakers are 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)

Bearing all this in mind,

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

#1 – Leicester Longhorns (5-1, 8.3 papg) †
#2 – Leeds Gryphons (5-0, 10.0 papg) †
#3 – Edinburgh Napier Knights (4-0, 4.8 papg)
#4 – Bangor Muddogs (4-1, 5.2 papg)
#5 – Coventry University Jets (4-1, 7.6 papg)
#6 – Heriot Watt (4-1, 12 papg)
#7 – Lincoln Colonials (4-2 14.83 papg)
#8 – Liverpool Raptors (3-2, 4.83 papg)

† The Leicester Longhorns and Leeds Gryphons are confirmed conference champions.

Locked in:
  • Leeds Gryphpns
  • Leicester Longhorns
  • Bangor Muddogs
  • Coventry Jets
Out of the race:
  • Bradford Bears
  • Lancaster Bombers
  • Teesside Cougars
  • Huddersfield Hawks
  • Edge Hill Vikings
  • DMU Falcons
  • Chester Legion
  • Northampton Nemesis

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

#1 – Canterbury Chargers* (6-0, 3.0 papg) †
#2 – Brunel Burners (5-0, 5.4 papg)
#3 – Plymouth Blitz (4-1, 9.0 papg)
#4 – QMBL Vipers* (5-1, 9.75 papg)
#5 – Gloucestershire Gladiators (4-1, 8.8 papg)
#6 – UCL Emperors (4-1, 14.4 papg)
#7 – ARU Rhinos* (4-2,  22.75 papg)
#8 – Bristol Barracuda (3-1, 10.3 papg)

*We’re not currently sure how the uneven schedule length will affect teams in the southern conferences – 2A South East teams have a seven game season, compared to six games in other conferences. The simplest solution would be to simply discount walkover wins against LSBU, who withdrew before the season got underway. This would see Gloucestershire Gladiators and QMBL Vipers swap places in the #4 and #5 seeds, as well as ARU and Bristol swap places in the #7 and #8 seeds.

† Following the QMBL Vipers’ win over UEL Phoenix the Canterbury Chargers are 2A South East Conference Champions.

Locked in:
  • Brunel Burners
  • Canterbury Chargers
Out of the race:
  • Tarannau Aberystwyth
  • Chichester Spitfires
  • City Sentinels
  • OBU Panthers
  • Bath Spa Bulldogs
  • Westminster Dragons
  • LSBU Spartans

 

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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 play off berths in the Division One northern conferences are as follows:

#1 – Nottingham (6-0, 1.66 papg) †
#2 – Sheffield Hallam Warriors (6-1, 7.57 papg) †
#3 – Hull Sharks (5-1, 15.2 papg) †
#4 – Warwick Wolves (6-1, 10.2 papg) †
#5 – UCLan Rams (5-2, 6.2 papg) †
#6 – Glasgow Tigers (5-2, 19.4 papg) †
#7 – Leeds Beckett Carnegie (4-2, 21 papg)
#8 – LJMU Fury (3-3, 23 papg)

† These teams are all confirmed playoff berths, but seedings still need to be resolved. No conference champions have yet been declared in the northern half of Division One

 

Locked in:
  • Hull Sharks
  • Glasgow Tigers
  • UCLan Rams
  • Nottingham 
  • Sheffield Hallam Warriors
  • Warwick Wolves
Out of the race:
  • Newcastle Raiders
  • Sheffield Sabres
  • Manchester Tyrants
  • Staffordshire Stallions
  • Worcester Royals

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

#1 – Portsmouth Destroyers (7-0, 3.5 papg) †
#2 – Cardiff Cobras (7-0, 9.8 papg) †
#3 – Imperial Immortals (5-2, 6.85 papg)
#4 – Cambridge Pythons (5-1, 12.33 papg)
#5 – Surrey Stingers (5-2, 12.7 papg)
#6 – Exeter Demons (3-3, 9.3 papg)
#7 – Kent Falcons* (3-2, 11.2 papg)
#8 – Sussex Saxons (3-3, 14.6 papg)

* We’re waiting for confirming of Kent-RHUL’s game this past weekend being a double-header which would be Kent 4-2. This wouldn’t currently effect their seeding however.

† Cardiff and Portsmouth are confirmed Conference Champions

Locked in:
  • Portsmouth Destroyers
  • Cardiff Cobras
  • Surrey Stingers
Out of the race:
  • Brighton Tsunami

 


Premiership

The 16/17 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 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 conferences 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.

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

A: North #1 vs South #4
Durham Saints (6-0, 21.66 papg) † vs Kingston Cougars (1-5, 29 papg)
B: South #1 vs North #4
Hertfordshire Hurricanes (6-0, 9.5 papg) † vs Derby Braves (2-4, 33 papg)
C: North #2 vs South #3
Stirling Clansmen (5-2, 21.0 papg) † vs  Swansea Titans (3-3, 11.5 papg) †
D: South #2 vs North #3
Birmingham Lions (5-2, 13.8 papg) † vs Loughborough Students (3-4, 21.14 papg) †

† Six out of the ten teams in the Premiership Conferences have now confirmed their place in the playoffs as they can finish no worse than fourth in their respective conferences.

At this time no teams have ruled themselves out of the playoffs.

Locked in:
  • Durham Saints
  • Hertfordshire Hurricanes
  • Birmingham Lions
  • Stirling Clansmen
  • Swansea Titans
  • Loughborough Students
Out of the race:

N/A

 


 

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Nick

Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1