Agreed not a huge problem, as in every region except 1A South all qualifiers were at least 6 wins. Now the fact that a 4-5 and a 3-6 team got in due to that extremely small 1A South region I do believe is a problem, but I don’t pretend to know the solution.
I would be a proponent for both models. With the 9 week schedule/additional playoff week, any team that doesn’t qualify can then schedule a week 10 game with another non-qualifier. Everybody gets 10 games, and some kids that would otherwise never get to experience a playoff game then get that experience. Someone was said to me yea well all those 1vs8 games would be blowouts so what’s the point. The point is blowout or not the kids get the playoff experience. And hey you never know (UMBC!)
Adding a 5A would also accomplish what I think is the most important thing here...giving more kids the experience and lifetime memory of a playoff spot