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All five teams remain alive for a chance at the Far East Division I football title entering this weekend’s games. The dominos should likely start falling beginning with Friday’s play, but all three remaining D-I regular-season games will have some impact on who plays whom for the title.

The D-I championship game will be at Kubasaki with kickoff scheduled for 4 p.m. on Nov. 7, according to DODDS Pacific athletics coordinator Don Hobbs.

Head-to-head is the first tiebreaker, followed by point differential in games involving tied teams with a maximum of 20 points per game.

Remaining on the regular-season schedule are: -- American School In Japan at Nile C. Kinnick, 7 p.m. Oct. 23. -- Seoul American at Kubasaki, 4 p.m. Oct. 24. -- ASIJ at Kadena, 6 p.m. Oct. 30.

Results of games involving D-I teams thus far: -- Kubasaki won the season series with Kadena, beating the Panthers 36-6 on Sept. 4 and 53-28 on Sept. 18. The teams played a third game, with Kadena winning 27-14 on Oct. 9, but it meant nothing in the standings. The Dragons won at ASIJ 36-14 on Sept. 26 and beat Kinnick 49-7 on Saturday at home. -- Kadena swept the season series from Kinnick, winning 35-21 at Yokosuka on Sept. 12 and 51-13 on Oct. 3 at Kadena. -- Seoul American won 34-26 at ASIJ on Sept. 12, lost 19-18 at home to Kinnick on Sept. 19 and lost at home 37-6 on Saturday to Kadena.

Here’s each team’s chances and what has to happen for them to reach the Division I title game:

-- Kadena: Controls its own destiny: Needs only to win its game with ASIJ on Oct. 30.

-- ASIJ: If Kubasaki beats Seoul American, Mustangs needs to win both its games on the road at Kinnick and Kadena, forcing a tie between Kadena and ASIJ at two losses each, with the Mustangs holding the head-to-head tiebreaker. If not, the potential for a three-way tie exists.

-- Seoul American: Needs help. Must win at Kubasaki on Saturday, hope that Kinnick can beat ASIJ on Friday and that ASIJ can beat Kadena on Oct. 30. That would force a three-way tie between the Falcons, Red Devils and Panthers each at 2-2 and force DODDS officials to go to the points.

-- Nile C. Kinnick: Also needs help. Must beat ASIJ on Friday, hope that Kubasaki beats Seoul American on Saturday, which would eliminate the Falcons, AND that ASIJ beats Kadena on Oct. 30. That would force a three-way tie between the Red Devils, Panthers and Mustangs each at 2-2 and DODDS officials to go to the points.


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