That's right, the 2012 edition of the massive, 256 team, Illinois High School Association playoff begins this weekend. And that means, we begin the Third Annual Lincoln-66 IHSA Football Showdown, pitting teams making the playoffs from those two historic roads against each other.
The IHSA Playoffs by the numbers:
256-- number of teams in it
32-- number of teams per class
8-- number of classes
239- number of football programs which have won state titles
13-- number of titles won by Joliet Catholic, the most of any team (Joliet is back again, but with just a 5-4 record. They represent both Route 66 and Lincoln Highway.
3-- number of teams representing both 66 and the Lincoln
27-- the number of seasons in a row Mt. Carmel has made the playoffs
28-- number of undefeated teams in the field
53-- number of 8-1 teams
60-- number of 7-2 teams
76-- number of 6-3 teams
40 Number of 5-4 teams
16-- the number of 5-4 teams that didn't make it (determined by the # of victories by their opponents).
Find Out the Lincoln Highway and Route 66 Teams Tomorrow. --RoadDog