A tight race to the playoffs in fan-controlled football ends on Saturday.
Going into the final week of the regular season, two teams earned a playoff berth and one team was eliminated. That leaves five teams fighting for the last two spots.
And traditional tiebreaker rules like head-to-head matchups or point differential don’t apply in FCF, a 7-on-7 indoor league where fans set the rules and call offensive plays. of their team. In the event of a tiebreaker, the fans of the teams involved will play a major role in trying to help their team qualify for the playoffs through a “Man Up Showdown”. More on that later.
Here’s the current standings and schedule for Saturday, with all games airing on NBC LX:
WEEK 7 SCHEDULE
Bored Ape FC vs. Kingpins, 1 p.m.
Shoulda Been Stars vs. Glacier Boyz, 3 p.m.
Degen Knights vs. 8oki, 7 p.m.
Zappers vs. Beasts, 9 p.m.
The top two teams in each division advance to the playoffs. For Terrell Owens and the Knights, that means it’s won and in.
Owens earned his first league victory last week as the Knights scored a game-high 66 points. A win over 8oki would give the Knights a 5-2 record to secure second place in the playoffs in the Ballerz Division. A win for 8oki would mean a 4-3 finish for both teams, forcing a decisive showdown between the two.
That could mean TO lines up in a one-on-one situation with the Knights’ season on the line.
Under the “Man Up Showdown” tiebreaker rule recently adopted by controlled football fans, a quarterback and a skilled player will line up in one-on-one situations against a defensive back looking to catch in the penalty area. goals, similar to the two-point FCF. conversions. Each team will take turns playing for three rounds, using a different skill player for each, in a format similar to a football shootout. If both teams remain tied after three rounds, it goes to sudden death, where the first team to score and make a save is victorious.
Each team’s fan with the highest fan IQ, which is built and tracked throughout the season based on successful play calls and other factors, will help determine the players used and the routes they will travel. FCF is transporting the best fan of each team potentially involved in a tiebreaker to Atlanta, where, if necessary, they will stand on the sidelines with head coach Shawn Liotta during the shootout for personnel and team decisions. ‘call.
The Shoulda Been Stars, league champions last season as the Wild Aces, clinched first place in the OG Division.
The Glacier Boyz, league runners-up last season, will need a win over the Stars to qualify for a tiebreaker against the winner of the Zappers-Beasts game.
If the Glacier Boyz lose to the Stars, it creates a winning final for the Zappers and Beasts, with the victorious team taking the final playoff spot with a 3-4 record.
The Zappers have won back-to-back games after starting the season 0-4 and trading Owens. Who will play the Zappers’ quarterback in the Finals remains a mystery after Jason Stewart, who was acquired as part of the Owens deal, was cut after celebrating his touchdown last week by smoking a joint on field.
Maybe Johnny Manziel will come to the rescue. Or maybe Michael Vick will reconsider and play FCF after all.
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