Here are some winners and losers of each plan for the new Class 6A football world:
Lawton, Midwest City: Of all the teams from the bottom 16 of the class, these two have competed with the best on a regular basis over the last decade. Now, the powerhouse programs of the smaller division will have an easier road to compete for a title — which is one of the biggest reasons this change is happening to begin with.
Fans: No matter which 6A school you follow, the number of competitive games is likely to increase, regular season and playoffs.
Oklahoma Turnpike Authority: The 16-team divisions will lead to more long road trips with teams spread between Lawton, Oklahoma City or Tulsa — and lots of fans hitting the road to watch those games.
Big schools in Tulsa area: Based on current attendance numbers, Broken Arrow, Tulsa Union, Jenks and Owasso are the only schools in the top 16 not located in the Oklahoma City metro area. Since those four teams would likely be split evenly between the two districts, they'll all be looking at multiple trips to OKC each season.
Moore, Putnam City: These two programs, working hard to re-establish themselves as regular playoff teams, will see their strength of schedule increase instantly in the large-school division, making their rebuilding jobs even tougher.
Jenks, Union: This plan hardly changes anything for the teams that have won every 6A title since 1996 — except that it reduces the number of playoff games they have to win by shortening the postseason by one week. And as opposed to Plan I, they won't have to add a bunch of regular-season bus trips to OKC.
Week-one rivalries: Games like the Moore War, Norman's Crosstown Clash, Edlam, Yukon-Mustang and others will be easy to maintain with a districting system almost identical to the current one. In Plan I, however, many of the teams from those rivalry games will end up in the same district, making it difficult to schedule those games during the nondistrict season.
Fans: The level of competition on the schedule doesn't change from the current state, but the number of meaningless district games increases by four, since only three games count toward playoff berths. And the meaningless games will be those pairing a big school against a smaller one, several of which are mismatches already. Won't those teams want to protect players from injury in a game that means nothing?
Putnam City West, Choctaw, Tulsa Hale: These programs struggle to compete with the big schools already, and in this plan, they'll still be getting beat up by those teams four times a year. At least Plan I gets those teams off their district schedule.