A few days from now, the majority of central Ohio high school football teams will be turning in their uniforms and preparing for their end-of-the-season banquets.
Only a small percentage of programs get a chance to continue their seasons in the playoffs, and Week 10 traditionally features many must-see games with postseason implications riding on their outcomes.
In addition, many league championships will be on the line, including Thursday, Oct. 25, when Reynoldsburg visits Lancaster in an OCC-Ohio Division contest.
Here are five things we expect heading into Week 10:
1. Three area teams that have had solid seasons will be left out of the Division I, Region 2 playoffs.
Only Reynoldsburg and Dublin Coffman have clinched playoff spots in the region, according to joeeitel.com, leaving room for a group of teams that have battled to stay above .500 to compete for the other spots.
Both the Raiders and the Shamrocks are 8-1.
Gahanna, Olentangy Liberty and Westerville Central all are just 5-4 but figure to be in good shape with wins in Week 10. On Friday, Oct. 26, the Lions play host to Pickerington North, while the Patriots visit Westerville North and the Warhawks play host to Olentangy.
Olentangy Orange is 6-3 as it prepares to play host to Westerville South on Oct. 26 and also has a good chance to get in with a win.
Upper Arlington must pull off an upset against Coffman to make the playoffs, while Delaware must upset Hilliard Bradley and get some help to continue its season.
2. There are two huge matchups between MSL-Ohio programs to keep an eye on.
The league championship will be on the line when Whitehall plays host to London on Oct. 26.
The Rams are 8-1 and haven't lost since Week 1, while the Red Raiders are 9-0 and are averaging 53.9 points.
London is looking to lock up a Division IV, Region 16 first-round home game and Whitehall is trying to make the Division II, Region 7 playoffs.
Also on Oct. 26, Columbus Academy visits Grandview in a matchup of teams still battling for playoff spots. The Vikings were projected to be 10th in Division V, Region 19 this week, two spots shy of a postseason berth, and the Bobcats were projected to be seventh in Division VI, Region 23.
3. Reynoldsburg visits Lancaster for a matchup that could have a ripple effect in numerous playoff regions.
In addition to determining whether the Golden Gales win the OCC-Ohio title outright or share it with the Raiders, the contest will impact battles for playoff berths in Regions 2 and 3 in Division I, and even in Division III, Region 11.
Lancaster is 6-3 and has won six games in a row, but needs a win and possibly help to make the Region 3 playoffs. If the Gales lose, then Pickerington North's postseason hopes in the same region would be renewed.
Gahanna is 5-4 but has a legitimate shot at making the Region 2 playoffs, and a win by the Raiders would be beneficial to the Lions' hopes.
If Lancaster wins, that would help DeSales' hopes of making the Region 11 playoffs because the Stallions beat the Gales in Week 2.
4. The matchup between Dublin Scioto and host Hilliard Darby on Oct. 26 features two teams peaking at the right time.
Both the Irish and Panthers are 7-2 and battling for second place in the OCC-Cardinal, but playoff berths are on the line for both teams.
Darby, which has won five games in a row, was projected to be eighth in Region 3 this week, putting it in a battle with Kettering Fairmont, Miamisburg, Lancaster, Huber Heights Wayne and Pickerington North for the final playoffs spots.
Scioto, which has won three consecutive games and six of its last seven, was projected to be ninth in Division II, Region 8, but the Irish would be in with a win over the Panthers.
5. The playoff hopes of several area teams in Division II, Region 7 finally will be determined.
Canal Winchester and Walnut Ridge could finish 9-1 and Northland could end up 8-2, but all of those teams' playoff hopes in Region 7 are shaky because of the depth in the region.
Those teams will be watching games such as Medina Highland at Barberton, Ashland at Wooster and Zanesville Maysville at Dresden Tri-Valley on Oct. 26 and crossing their fingers.