Here's to annual fall traditions in South Dakota: leaf raking, apple and pumpkin picking, Halloween decorating and prep football playoff prognosticating. Seven weeks of the prep football season is in the books. Eleven days unitl the high school football playoffs begin South Dakota and here are the latest projections.

If the playoffs started today, this is how it shapes up. But plenty to be decided Friday night and again next Thursday, the final night of the regular season.

This is merely an attempt to use the playoff rules to figure out what it would look at if they started this week.

Let me know what you think. We’ll do it again next week.

11AA

Byes:

1) Sioux Falls Washington (7-0)

2) Brandon Valley (7-0)

3) Sioux Falls Roosevelt (6-1)

4) Yankton (5-2)

12) Sturgis (1-6) at 5) Sioux Falls Lincoln (5-2)

9) Rapid City Central (3-4) at Brookings (3-4)

11) Aberdeen Central (2-5) at 6) Pierre (5-2)

10) Watertown (2-5) at 7) Sioux Falls O’Gorman (4-3)

11A

Region 1

4) West Central (4-3) at 1) Dell Rapids (5-1)

3) Madison (3-3) at 2) Milbank (4-2)

Region 2

4) Lennox (1-5) at 1) Harrisburg (6-1)

3) Tea (4-2) at 2) Dakota Valley (5-1)

Region 3

4) Little Wound (3-3) at 1) Todd County (6-1)

3) Cheyenne-Eagle Butte (4-2) at 2) Chamberlain (2-4)

Region 4

4) Pine Ridge (2-4) at 1) Spearfish (4-3)

3) Belle Fourche (3-3) at 2) Hot Springs (5-2)

Outside looking in: Sisseton perhaps knocking out Pine Ridge or Lennox and being shipped elsewhere.

11B

Region 1

Mobridge-Pollock (3-4) at Aberdeen Roncalli (7-0)

Deuel (4-2) at Webster (5-1)

Region 2

Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian (2-4) at Tri-Valley (5-1)

Garretson (3-3) at Flandreau (6-0)

Region 3

Parkston (4-2) at Winner (7-0)

Bon Homme (3-3) at Wagner (5-1)

Region 4

Groton (3-4) at St. Thomas More (4-2)

Hill City (4-3) at Custer (4-2)

Close to playoff spot: Bennett County and McCook Central/Montrose but both need help.

9AA

Region 1

Miller (3-3) at Leola/Frederick (6-0)

Andes Central (4-2) at Clark/Willow Lake (5-1)

Region 2

Great Plains Lutheran (3-3) at Deubrook (6-0)

Howard (4-2) at Elkton-Lake Benton (4-2)

Region 3

Parker (4-2) at Kimball/White Lake (7-0)

Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (4-2) at Gregory (5-1)

Region 4

Newell (3-3) at White River (7-0)

Lemmon/McIntosh (5-2) at Potter County (5-1)

Outside looking in: Tri-State (2-4); DeSmet/Iroquois (2-4)

9A

Region 1

Wolsey-Wessington (5-1) at Herreid/Selby (6-0)

Eureka/Bowdle (4-2) at Warner (6-0)

Region 2

Chester (3-3) at Hamlin (6-0)

Arlington (6-0) at Canistota (6-0)

Region 3

South Central (3-3) at Corsica/Stickney (4-2)

WIlmot (5-2) at Irene-Wakonda (6-1)

Region 4

Wall (3-3) at Faith (6-0)

New Underwood (4-2) at Kadoka (4-2)

Bubble teams: Alcester-Hudson (3-3); Mt. Vernon (2-4); Waubay/Summit (2-4); Lyman (2-4)

9B

Region 1

Lake Preston (3-3) at Waverly-South Shore (4-2)

Dell Rapids St. Mary (3-3) at Castlewood (3-3)

Region 2

Marion (4-3) at Viborg-Hurley (5-1)

Centerville (4-3) at Avon (4-3)

Region 3

Sully Buttes (2-4) at Faulkton (3-3)

Langford (2-4) at Hitchcock-Tulare (5-2)

Region 4

Plankinton (3-3) at Harding County (6-0)

Jones County (2-4) at Colome (5-1)

Mostly a strong field in, but on the fence: Bison (2-4); Estelline (2-4); Menno (2-5)

The final Friday night of the regular season. Next week all games will be played on Thursday night with the kickoff to the playoff season the following Tuesday. Some teams will play their final game of the season Friday and have next Thursday off.