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#429 Post-Season Q. How do teams qualify for the conference championship?
  A. The winners of each division within the conference will play for the conference championship. If two teams finish with the same conference record, then the tie is broken by going to the head-to-head result, followed by overall record, and finally WIS rank.

For the head-to-head results there must be a clear winner. For example if three teams are tied and their record against each other is as follows: Team 1 is 2-0, Team 2 is 1-1 and Team 3 is 0-2 Team 1 would be chosen to play in the conference championship. If there was a four team tie such as the following: Team 1 is 2-1, Team 2 is 2-1, Team 3 is 1-2 and Team 4 is 1-2 there is no clear winner and the tiebreaker will move on to overall record.

Note: The standings page is not currently updated using the tiebreaker.
#430 Post-Season Q. How do teams qualify for bowl games?
  A. Only D-IA teams are eligible for bowls games and are chosen based upon their final conference standing and their ranking in the WIS poll. This poll takes into accound many factors, including winning percentage and strength of schedule.
#431 Post-Season Q. Do teams earn additional recruiting money by making bowl appearances?
  A.

Yes. The amount of money earned is split amongst all conference teams and is based upon the bowl.

Bowl Level Additional Money
BCS $15,000
Level 4 $10,000
Level 3 $8,000
Level 2 $6,000
Level 1 $4,000

#432 Post-Season Q. How do teams qualify for the playoffs?
  A. The winners of each conference within D-IAA, D-II, and D-III are invited to the divisional playoffs. The remaining 32-team field is filled by selecting at-large teams based upon many factors, including winning percentage and strength of schedule.
#433 Post-Season Q. Do teams earn additional recruiting money by making playoff appearances?
  A.

Yes. The amount of money earned is split amongst all conference teams and is based upon how far the team progresses in the playoffs as well as the division.

Division Advanced To Additional Money
IAA First Round $3,000
IAA Second Round $4,500
IAA Quarterfinals $6,000
IAA Semi-finals $7,500
IAA Championship $9,000
II First Round $2,000
II Second Round $3,000
II Quarterfinals $4,000
II Semi-finals $5,000
II Championship $6,000
III First Round $1,000
III Second Round $1,500
III Quarterfinals $2,000
III Semi-finals $2,500
III Championship $3,000

Note: The amount listed in the table is the total received for the appearance. Ex: For making the DIII Championship game you earn $3000 total for your conference

#857 Post-Season Q. How are the Coach, Press and WIS ratings determined?
  A.

The Coaches and Press rankings are determined by looking at the talent on each team along with the performance of each team on the field. The talent component decreases as the season goes along. Each ranking factors in each component slightly differently which creates the slight differences between the two polls.

The WIS rankings use the Coaches and Press rankings as a starting point and then modifies each team's ranking based upon home record, road record, neutral record, scoring margins, and strength of schedule.

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