With just two weeks left in the regular season, the football playoff picture is heating up.
Even though district titles remain up for grabs, Lenoir City and Greenback both sit in a position to host playoff games.
But that could change.
Making sense of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's playoff structure can leave those trying with more questions than answers.
A quick glance shows that Lenoir City is currently ranked as the No. 2 team in 5A quadrant two. In theory, that would mean the Panthers have a chance to host the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Looking closer shows the next team in line, Columbia High School, sits atop its district and therefore receives priority seeding over the third-place Panthers.
A third seed would still grant Lenoir City at least one home playoff game, but the Panthers will need to focus on maintaining that third seed standing. With road games at Farragut and Maryville remaining, it will require them to continue a strong level of play.
Greenback is in something of a similar situation. The top-ranked team in 1A quadrant one, the Cherokees should host at least the first three rounds of the playoffs. With Cloudland and Coalfield still vying for district titles, the Cherokees could be bumped down in seeding despite Greenback's 41-6 win over Cloudland this season.
For Loudon, things are much more simple. The Redskins need to win games to have a chance.
Ranking as the No.7 team in the eight-team 3A quadrant two, and unable to finish better than third in district play with losses to Alcoa and CAK, Loudon's playoff life will be heavily influence by what happens in its final two games at home against Sequoyah and on the road against Kingston.
While the last two weeks could still change things greatly, as of now all three Loudon County teams have life beyond week 10.