We raised this observation up on twitter @texashsfootball and here is the droppings of why an 0-10 team could potentially make the playoffs in 2013:
Back in the original realignment 11-3A was assigned six teams. One of which is a basketball-only school in Irving. The football schools assigned to the district were Dallas Madison, Dallas Roosevelt, Ferris, Wilmer-Hutchins and Prime Prep Academy. Of course we all know the story of Prime Prep. Half way through the 2012 season, Deion Sanders' Prime Prep Academy would immediately drop out of the UIL after facing a mountain of scrutiny and penalties. That left 11-3A with just four football schools. Interesting to note, last season, Class 3A had three teams advancing to the playoffs.
Fast forward to the 2013 season.. a fourth team added to the playoffs for each district in 3A and 2A takes effect this season. Giving two teams each in Division I and Division II. This also moved the 3A Division I Championship to the same weekend as the other UIL 11-Man State Championship Games. Of course, 5A and 4A already have four teams in each district advancing.
Now that we have that out of the way, 11-3A still has four teams in its district.
2012 11-3A Standings
Ferris (5-5, 2-1)
Dallas Madison (5-6, 2-1)
Wilmer-Hutchins (4-6, 1-2)
Dallas Roosevelt (2-7, 1-2)
With the fourth team added to the playoffs, all four 11-3A teams have automatically qualified under the new playoff structure implemented by the UIL in the 2013 season. That brings up the question of why the UIL could not wait until the new 2014 realignment to take place for the new playoff structure in 3A and 2A.