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October 20, 2013Sections start this week in Minnesota. Many call this the second season, but it is a second season heavily weighted for those teams that finished strong in the first, or regular season. Sections normally have eight teams, although Class 6A has just four sections, they are numbered 3, 4, 5 and 6. This give the top class a 32 team bracket. The first round of sections matches teams 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, and 4-5 so that the most competitive teams, based on performance during the regular season, are in the middle of the bracket - between the 4-5 teams. Let's look at some of the 4-5 games coming up in Class 6A this week and make some picks. Section 3 has Park of Cottage Grove facing Eastview. I'm picking Eastview for the win. Section 4 has number five seated Mounds view playing number 4 White Bear Lake. I'll take Mounds View for this one. Section five has 4 seated Totino-Grace against Coon Rapids. Totino-Grace looks like the winner to me in this contest. Section 6 is the final section in 6A and has number 5 Minnetonka vs. number 4 Edina. I'm going with Edina in this game. These were games in the middle of the bracket, let's look at the 1-8 match-ups: Section 3 has number one Rosemount vs. number eight Farmington. Section 4 has Eastridge at number one vs. Forest Lake. Section 5 features Top Ranked Maple Grove against Anoka. Section 6 has Top Ranked Eden Prairie playing Armstrong. I'm going with the number one seeds in all these 1-8 games. It's apparent that this first round is the place where the biggest upsets can take place, although the seeding system makes this unlikely. It's a fair way to proceed but makes the outcome of the first round pretty predictable. But, prediction are just that. Check back after the games and see how accurate my picks were.