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Big changes coming for 2015 Minnesota high school football

The times will be a changin' for Minnesota high school football in 2015 as the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors on Thursday approved a proposal that will help school fill an eight game regular season schedule.

Over the last few years, a number of schools, especially Lake Conference schools such as Eden Prairie and Minnetonka have had trouble finding opponents for a full eight game slate.

Here's how the new system will work. The 300 plus football schools will be placed into districts with 16 or more schools and they will work together to create a regular season schedule for each school.

Also, since the Prep Bowl will moved up to November 14 & 15 due to the Gophers using TCF Bank Stadium on the tradition post-Thanksgiving dates two weeks from then. To work around the date change, practice will begin on Auguat 10 and run for two weeks instead of three and regular season play can start on August 22.

The only things that won't change will be the playoff format. Section play will not be shortened as it was one option the board was considering. Also, the regular season will remain at eight games.