Quit dancing around the big issue...
The OHSAA needs to stop dancing around the obvious elephant in the room. Split the public playoffs from the private playoffs, keep 6 divisions in each group (lest we turn in to Texas or California), and go back to only taking the top two teams from each region. That puts the regular season back into perspective, with teams having to play against strong opponents AND that takes all of those 5-5 or 6-4 teams out of the playoffs. We have the region championship during week 1, the semifinals during week 2, then the championships during week 3. If that's too quick for some people, then use the Indiana idea of playing 9 regular season games and turn week 10 into the first round of the playoffs. You could then take the top 4 teams from each region. When you consider that you have split the publics from the privates, you are actually taking the top 8 teams combined from each region.