For the 291 football-playing MIAA schools, this is definitely a new year. An October 2012 vote created a state-wide playoff system, and after months of fine-tuning, it’s ready to roll.
The format will increase the number of playoff participants and reduce the number of Super Bowls.
Instead of 19 regional Super Bowls spread across EMass, CMass, and WMass, there will be six this season. Instead of just 32 EMass teams playing in the postseason, 112 will compete this fall. Each of the six Super Bowl games will be played at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 7. Here’s a look at the new alignments: