In a season as unprecedented as any in CHSAA's 100-year history, the big question right now around the Centennial state: Is whether football can hang on until championship Saturday?
"Until we're told we can't play anymore, we're going to continue to plan for what happens next week," Assistant Commissioner and Football Director Adam Bright said. "Until we get down to two teams in each classification and hand them a trophy."
With COVID-19 on the rise around Colorado, and title contenders slipping in and out of protocols, the last squads standing will play on.
"This will be an interesting week, lots of folks on the bubble or jockeying for position," Bright said. "A win could move a team up to host in the first round or avoid a matchup that they think they'll have and don't want."
With modifications made in the shortened year, eight teams per class will make the postseason based on four different rating and poll systems. If a team is in quarantine, the next school up will get their playoff spot.
"There might be stuff that has to get adjusted on a bracket based on bye weeks and who's quarantined, this and that," Bright said. "That's part of trying to have a state championship in a pandemic."
The hope is eligible programs across the state will know their 2020 fate by Sunday afternoon. A fight to the finish, with teams and dreams, still very much up in the air.
"We're just going to fight through those issues, remain confident that we can get done, and have a positive outlook," Bright said. "We are providing a sense of normalcy for our student-athletes and that's what we set out to do in the beginning."