Breaking down the 6A Minnesota high school football bracket

Eden Prairie received the only bye into the second round.
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The brackets for the high school football playoffs in Minnesota have been finalized with the release of the Class 6A big school tournament

The four No. 1 seeds in the 6A bracket are: Eden Prairie (7-1), Lakeville North (8-0), Blaine (8-0) and Woodbury (7-1). Defending champion Eden Prairie is the No. 1 overall seed thanks to a random draw and is the only team to receive a bye into the round of 16. 

You can see brackets for all seven classes right here

All first round games in 6A will be played at 7 p.m. at the higher seed's field on Friday, Oct. 26. All second round games will start at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2.

The official State Tournament will be made up of the final eight teams culminating in the state championship game (Prep Bowl) at U.S. Bank Stadium on Friday, Nov. 23. 

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The tournament bracket is separated into four regions, much like the NCAA basketball tournament. Here's a look at all four regions. 

Eden Prairie Region

#1 Eden Prairie (7-1) vs. BYE

BYE is going to have a tough time against the defending champs.

#4 Mounds View (5-3) vs. #5 Burnsville (4-4)

Mounds View has won three of its last four and Burnsville is coming off an impressive win over Minnetonka and a one-point loss to Rosemount the week prior. 

#3 Minnetonka (4-4) vs. #6 Anoka (1-7)

Three straight close losses to Eden Prairie, Edina and Burnsville isn't indicative of how good Minnetonka is. They were among the top-ranked teams in the state just a month ago. 

#2 Rosemount (6-2) vs. #7 Stillwater (2-6)

Rosemount boasts one of the top scoring defenses in the state and has won six straight after back-to-back close losses to 6A powers Wayzata and Edina to start the season. Nobody wants to play the Irish. 

Blaine Region

#1 Blaine (8-0) vs. #8 Totino-Grace (2-6)

Blaine has the fourth-rated scoring offense and third-best scoring defense in 6A. They won a 17-0 shutout over Totino-Grace on Oct. 12. Totino might be 2-6 but they've had a lot of close losses to very good teams. 

#4 Prior Lake (4-4) vs. #5 Buffalo (6-2)

Prior Lake gets the unlucky task of trying to slow down star junior quarterback Aidan Bauman, the son of former Vikings QB Todd Bauman, who's now the head coach at Buffalo. Aidan has thrown for 35 touchdowns and nearly 3,000 yards in just eight games while leading Buffalo to the No. 1 scoring offense in 6A (49 points per game). 

#3 Eastview (4-4) vs. #6 Robbinsdale Armstrong (4-4)

Three of Eastview's four losses were by 5 points or fewer and they've allowed just 10.9 points per game, good for the second-best scoring defense in 6A. Armstrong has been in every game its played this season. 

#2 East Ridge (5-3) vs. #7 Forest Lake (2-6)

East Ridge nearly beat rival Woodbury last week and has the talent to make a deep run. 

Woodbury Region

#1 Woodbury (7-1) vs. #8 Eagan (0-8)

Woodbury has rattled off five straight impressive wins after losing 27-7 to Roseville in Week 2. Eagan has scored just 52 points all season and has been shut out four times. 

#4 Wayzata (4-4) vs. #5 Centennial (3-5)

Centennial has lost five games by a combined 22 points. Needless to say, they can hang with anyone. Likewise, three of Wayzata's four losses were by a combined six points and they own wins over state powers Edina and Rosemount. 

#3 Cretin-Derham Hall (5-3) vs. #6 Lakeville South (3-5)

Aside from a 36-point loss to Blaine in mid-September, Cretin-Derham Hall has been very solid. Lakeville South is an underdog but gritty showings against the likes of Edina and Minnetonka give CDH reason to take them seriously. 

#2 Champlin Park (6-2) vs. #7 Shakopee (2-6)

The fact that Shakopee didn't get blown out by Eden Prairie in Week 6 (a 28-16 loss) should put fear in any opponent's eyes. Champlin Park has a potent passing attack led by 6-foot-4 senior quarterback Bennett Otto. 

Lakeville North Region

#1 Lakeville North (8-0) vs. #8 Hopkins (4-4)

Lakeville North is the best team in the state despite not winning the random draw for a first round bye. North shutout Eden Prairie 14-0 in Week 2 and no team has come close to beating them. 

#4 Maple Grove (3-5) vs. #5 White Bear Lake (4-4)

It wouldn't shock anyone if Maple Grove made a deep run. They're under .500 but those losses are to Prior Lake, Burnsville, Eden Prairie, Lakeville North and Edina. They can roll with any team they face and have one of the top running backs in Evan Hull, who's rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns. 

#3 St. Michael-Albertville (5-3) vs. #6 Roseville (3-5)

STMA is dangerous and the only team this season to stay within 7 points of undefeated Blaine. Three of Roseville's five losses are by a combined 9 points, proving they can contend. 

#2 Edina (6-2) vs. #7 Farmington (1-7)

Edina might have the best player in the state in offensive tackle Quinn Carroll (Notre Dame commit). Their only losses were both shutout losses to Wayzata and Eden Prairie. 

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