The favorite: Tulsa Union
The Redskins have won four consecutive Class 6A titles and six of the last eight. Since dropping a tight game to Owasso in Week 4, Union has rolled with a balanced offense led by quarterback Hunter Atyia.
Player to watch
Jordan Evans, Norman North
Evans has been everything he was expected to be on defense, holding down the middle for the Timberwolves at linebacker. But recently, Norman North has used Evans as an offensive force as well.
Team to watch: Jenks
It's hard to think of the Trojans as an underdog but after four years of Union dominance, Jenks is in that role. After back-to-back losses to start the season, the Trojans have been dominant. No team in the 6A playoffs is playing better entering the playoffs than Jenks.
Best first-round matchup: Sand Springs at Broken Arrow
The Sandites got out to a hot start, winning their first six games before going 2-4 to end the season. Broken Arrow's season was the opposite, fighting through a 3-3 start to finish in second place in District 6A-2. Does Broken Arrow continue its surge or can Sand Springs regain the magic from the hot start to advance.
Best first-round matchup: Guthrie at Lawton MacArthur
No. 1 for much of the season, defending champ Guthrie goes on the road to face the team it beat in last year's title game.
Player to watch: Stanvon Taylor, Tulsa East Central
The Oklahoma commitment is simply electric, and will make big plays on offense, defense and special teams.
Toughest road: Del City
Claremore or Tulsa Memorial in the second round. Possibly No. 3 McGuinness or No. 4 Tulsa Kelley in the semifinals. But the Eagles have to get through a Mid-Del grudge match against Carl Albert first.
Potential first-round upset
Coweta over Tulsa Kelley. Bubba Burcham's Coweta squad was up-and-down in district play, finishing fourth in 5A-4, but only lost 29-25 to the Comets in Week 3.
The favorite: ????
Perhaps no class is as wide open as 4A, with three undefeated teams and defending champion Wagoner, which only lost to 5A Coweta in the season opener, leading the way. Anadarko and Cascia Hall, teams that met for last year's 3A championship with Anadarko coming out ahead, are among the crowded group of contenders in 4A.
Toughest road: Wagoner
The defending champion Bulldogs would've been the favorite if not for the loss of Kerwin Thomas for the season. Not only does Wagoner face the playoffs without on of their top players but the Bulldogs' road starts with Sallisaw, who was considered a state-title contender before the season, and could include Douglass and Anadarko before even making the title game if Wagoner was able to win. With Lawrence Evitt in the backfield, Wagoner can certainly repeat, but it'll certainly have to earn it.
Best first-round matchup: Broken Bow at Cleveland
Perhaps we learned more about these teams more in losses than in their wins. Broken Bow pushed Cascia Hall to the edge last week before falling, while Cleveland gave Wagoner all it wanted in mid-October. Cleveland lost last week but the game was meaningless in the playoff picture. Cleveland quarterback Chas Stallard has been on of the top passers in 4A this season.
Player to watch: Easton Pingleton, Ada
Well, player to watch other than Evitt, who has more than 2,100 yards rushing this season. Pingleton has been a big reason the Cougars are back in the title hunt once again, with nearly 1,000 yards receiving. Ada quarterback Wyatt Robson has been efficient in getting the ball to Pingleton, who is averaging more than 18 yards per catch.
Toughest road: Kingfisher
Potential games against Tuttle, Berryhill and Seminole — all of which have been ranked No. 2 at some point this season — just to get to the finals.
Player to watch: David Cornwell, Jones
The junior quarterback is exploding on the recruiting scene, and continues to get more comfortable in his first year of varsity football.
Team to watch: Sequoyah-Tahlequah
The Indians have been ruled out of the playoffs, but could they get back in via appeal to the OSSAA board of directors on Wednesday?
Best first-round matchup: Perkins at Jones
Perkins, the No. 4 seed from District 2, defeated Jones, the District 1 champ, in the opening week of the season.
The favorite: Vian
The Wolverines starting defensive unit has allowed just one touchdown all season.
Dark horse: Stroud
The Tigers easily could have won a state championship last year and have the formula for playoff success. They run the football and play defense, posting five shutouts this season.
Player to watch: Levi Hill, Hennessey
The Eagles' outstanding tailback could carry Hennessey to its third straight state title.
Team to watch: Millwood
The Falcons are kind of flying under the radar this season but will not be an easy out in the playoffs.
The favorite: Wynnewood
All season, the top two teams in District A-5 were considered the two best in the class, with Wynnewood taking favorite status with a 35-34 in Week 9. The Savages are led by senior running back Trey Knowles, who has 1,143 yards and 17 touchdowns this season as well as 59 tackles.
Toughest road: Wayne
Losing to Wynnewood set up a hard road for the Bulldogs if they're to repeat. Last season, Wynnewood lost the matchup and wound up falling in the second round to eventual runner-up Woodland. This season, Wayne could face a similar second-round matchup to determine the top half of the bracket as undefeated No. 7 Kiefer likely awaits. Kiefer had five shutouts and held seven opponents to eight points or less.
Dark horse: Warner
It's usually hard to think of an undefeated team as a dark horse but the Eagles have managed to keep under the radar even with a perfect season. Warner didn't play a ranked team this season and it would likely take a third-round meeting against Cashion or Fairview before Warner faced a team among the tops in Class A.
Player to watch: Preston Walker, Crescent
There are plenty of good quarterbacks in the Class A playoffs but Walker has been the best, throwing for 2,192 yards, 30 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He also ran for 13 scores during the regular season.
Best first round matchup: Garber at Alex
A matchup featuring the No. 5 Wolverines (8-2) on the road against the No. 9 Longhorns (9-1).
Dark horse: Woodland
The former Class A power dropped a class to play eight-man football this season and is certainly no stranger to playoff success.
Player to watch: Derrick Moore, Wetumka
Could there be any other? The running back is a Division I talent playing eight-man football.
Possible first-round upset: Coyle over Keota.
Led by wide receiver Tony Aska Jr., No. 10 Coyle (8-2) gets No. 7 Keota (8-2) at home in the first round.
The favorite: Tipton
Lost only three starters from last year's state runner-up team and has only allowed eight points all season.
Best first round matchup: Balko at Ryan
No. 7 Balko (7-3) is on the road at No. 5 Ryan (9-1).
Player to watch: Scott Dick, Corn Bible
The Crusaders' quarterback leads the state in scoring.
Possible first-round upset
Bluejacket over Thackerville: No. 8 Bluejacket (8-2) is on the road at No. 6 Thackerville (8-1).