On the other side of this spectrum are teams like Princeton and Hurricane, who - coincidentally - meet Friday night at Redskins Stadium.
Hurricane will come into the game at No. 17 in the playoff ratings, with Princeton at No. 19. Both teams are playoff worthy, but face significant challenges in making the 16-team field because of their schedules. On one hand, Hurricane has a tall order because it has remaining games against GW, Midland, Capital and Spring Valley (1-2), all of which figure to be playoff qualifiers.
Princeton being good - the Tigers were 2-8 in 2012 - is just an added bonus for Coach Jeremy Taylor and the Redskins. With the way its schedule shapes up, Friday night might essentially be a must-win situation for Hurricane.
Princeton is in less of a bind, but it's a bind nonetheless. The Tigers have beaten Shady Spring (0-3) and Class AA power Bluefield (1-1), but as far as the SSAC playoff rating formula goes, both wins are handicapped, in a way. Shady hasn't won a game this season, and since Princeton will receive a bonus point for every Class AAA team Shady beats, that amounts to, well, no bonus points at least so far.
Bluefield will gain the Tigers some bonus points, but as the Beavers are a Class AA team, they supplied Princeton with just nine base points as opposed to the 12 points Princeton earns from beating a Class AAA team.
Princeton's remaining games are a mixed bag. There are certain challenges, though the Tigers get Spring Valley and GW at home, and there are games in which Tahj Sho-Johnson and company will be heavily favored - Riverside (0-3), St. Albans (0-3) and Class AA James Monroe (0-2).
South Charleston not making the playoffs last year despite its 6-4 record shows that Princeton likely needs to win at least one of the aforementioned games against Hurricane, Spring Valley or GW to get in the field.
Still, it's entirely too early to make travel plans for late November. But autumn is approaching quickly, and the picture will get a little clearer each week.
Contact Preps Editor Derek Taylor at derek.tay...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5170. Follow him on Twitter @ItsreallyDT.