Who’s going to make the Men’s Football Final Four?

Santino Honasan on Apr 20, 2016 06:25 PM
Who’s going to make the Men’s Football Final Four?
Five teams, four spots, one title

Heading into the final UAAP Season 78 Men’s Football playdate on Thursday, there are still five teams in the running for the Final Four.

To be more specific, University of the Philippines and De La Salle University have already clinched semifinals berths, so it’s down to three teams fighting for the final two spots.

Here’s how the Final Four picture looks right now:

SCHOOL

POINTS

GOAL DIFFERENCE

UP

27

+10

DLSU

26

+12

ATENEO

25

+11

UST

25

+4

FEU

24

19

 

On Thursday, UP takes on FEU, while DLSU meets UST in a pair of matches that will ultimately decide who makes it and who painfully crashes out.

The people over at the UAAP Football match committee were nice enough to send us the possible scenarios surrounding the Final Four after Thursday’s game, so here they are. We tried to explain them as simply as we could. 

 

NOTE: THESE ARE NOT RESULTS, THEY ARE POSSIBLE SCENARIOS AFTER THURSDAY’S MATCHES

 

SCENARIO 1: UST and FEU WIN

If UST and FEU score wins on Thursday, both schools earn valuable three points and it changes the landscape of the Final Four drastically.

Ateneo gets booted out of Final Four contention because they’ve already ended the season with 25 points.

SCHOOL

POINTS

UST

28

FEU

27

UP

27

DLSU

26

 

SCENARIO 2: UP and UST WIN

A UST and UP win would eliminate the defending champion Tamaraws from Final Four contention, making sure that there would be a new UAAP Men’s Football champion.

UP would end up as the top seed, while Ateneo will stay at the fourth seed.

SCHOOL

POINTS

UP

30

UST

28

DLSU

26

ATENEO

25

 

SCENARIO 3: UP AND DLSU WIN

At this point, it’s clear that FEU will need a win to ENSURE a spot in the final four. Should they lose to UP and should UST lose to DLSU, UST still gets in.

SCHOOL

POINTS

UP

30

DLSU

29

ATENEO

25

UST

25

 

SCENARIO 4: FEU WINS, DLSU AND UST DRAW

An FEU win and a draw between DLSU and UST on Thursday, and the Tams are in the Final Four and they take the top spot due to goal difference. By this point, it’s clear that Ateneo would like an FEU loss.

SCHOOL

POINTS

FEU

27

UP/DLSU

27

DLSU/UP

27

UST

26

 

SCENARIO 5: UP WINS, DLSU AND UST DRAW

A UP win boots FEU out of contention, and Ateneo locks up the fourth seed.

SCHOOL

POINTS

UP

30

DLSU

27

UST

26

ATENEO

25

 

SCENARIO 6: UP AND FEU DRAW, DLSU WINS

Here’s where things get a little tricky. Should FEU and UP end up in a draw and DLSU win, FEU,Ateneo, and UST will all finish the eliminations with 25 points. The match committee has revealed that in the case of a tiebreaker for the final playoff spot, goal difference will NOT be taken into consideration, but it will play a factor in the case of a three way tie, with the team with the highest goal difference clinching seed number three. With that being said, FEU, having the highest goal difference (+19 heading into Thursday) will lock up the third seed, while Ateneo and UST will have a playoff for the fourth seed scheduled on Sunday, April 24.

SCHOOL

POINTS

DLSU

29

UP

28

FEU

25

ATENEO vs. UST PLAYOFF

APRIL 24, SUNDAY, 4PM

 

SCENARIO 7: UP AND FEU DRAW, UST WINS

If UP and FEU end in a draw, while UST pulls out a win, UST will lock up second seed, while Ateneo and FEU, both finishing with 25 points, will meet in a playoff for the fourth seed on April 24.

SCHOOL

POINTS

UP

28

UST

28

DLSU

26

ATENEO vs. FEU PLAYOFF

APRIL 24, SUNDAY, 4PM

 

SCENARIO 8: EVERYONE DRAWS

As competitive as this season has been, one of the most likely scenarios for Thursday’s games is that both matches end in a draw. During their first round meetings, that’s what happened, so in the highly likely scenario that all these teams end up sharing points, UP, DLSU and UST lock up seeds one to three, and Ateneo and FEU meet in a playoff for the fourth seed on April 24.

SCHOOL

POINTS

UP

28

DLSU

27

UST

26

ATENEO vs. FEU PLAYOFF

APRIL 24, SUNDAY, 4PM

 

Phew! Well, there you go. All eight scenarios for the men’s football final four, explained as simply as we could. Complicated and confusing? Yes, pretty much. Exciting? Oh most definitely.

 

Remember, you can catch UP vs. FEU and UST vs. DLSU LIVE on Thursday, April 21 starting at 2:00 PM on ABS-CB N Sports+Action 23, ABS-CBN Sports+Action HD 166, and LIVESTREAMING on SPORTS.ABS-CBN.COM/LIVESTREAM/UAAP!                 

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