The IHSA football playoff pairings have been announced: Here's where to find them

  • Prospect and Hersey are among the nearly 50 Daily Herald area schools who have either qualified for the state playoffs ore are hoping to on Saturday night when the pairings are revealed by the IHSA.

    Prospect and Hersey are among the nearly 50 Daily Herald area schools who have either qualified for the state playoffs ore are hoping to on Saturday night when the pairings are revealed by the IHSA. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
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Updated 10/23/2021 9:05 PM

The pairing for the IHSA Football Playoffs have all been announced. You'll find them here.

The road to the playoffs is always a test of stamina over the course of the nine-week regular-season, but high school football fans in Illinois have never endured a wait like this.

 

The IHSA Playoff Pairing Television Show revealed the 2021 football playoff field during a live telecast on the IHSA TV Network. We're listing them on our prep football page, football.dailyherald.com.

The pandemic pushed the 2020 IHSA football season to the spring of 2021, where a condensed six-week season culminated with no postseason, marking the first time since 1973 that the IHSA did not crown state champions in the sport.

"Playoff pairing night is always special, but it feels even bigger this time around," said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. "256 teams and communities are going to get the opportunity to hear their name called and be recognized for the hard work they have put into qualifying for the postseason. It is a major accomplishment and I hope they take a moment to enjoy and celebrate it amid all the recent challenges."

Locally, WCIU The U 26.2 and WMEU The U 48 are carrying the show live. A complete listing of channels can be found at https://www.ihsa.org/News-Media/Announcements/football-playoff-pairings-revealed-october-23-on-ihsa-tv-network-ihsa-to-stream-pre-post-shows-on-nfhs-network

Adding to the excitement of the night is the return of pre- and postgame shows. The IHSA Playoff Pairing Breakdown Show on IHSA.tv from 9 to 10 p.m.

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