Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Two of the three best games...

...of Week Four will be on Friday (all teams are undefeated unless otherwise noted):

Glenbard West (above) at Hinsdale Central, and

Homewood-Flossmoor at Lincoln-Way East.

The third will be on Saturday:

Providence at Loyola (2-1).

Here are this week's rankings (in somewhat expanded form to include all of the teams above) from the three main news sources. (I've abandoned my color-coding scheme; a friend told me it was "too confusing.")


1. Bolingbrook
2. Glenbard West
3. Lincoln-Way East
4. Waubonsie Valley
5. Boylan (Rockford)
6. Wheaton North
7. Montini (2-1)
8. Marist
9. Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield)
10. Maine South
11. Loyola (2-1)
19. Providence
20. Homewood-Flossmoor
44. Hinsdale Central

Chicago Sun-Times:

1. Maine South
2. Bolingbrook
3. Glenbard West
4. Mount Carmel
5. Lincoln-Way East
6. Loyola (2-1)
7. Wheaton North
8. Marist
9. Montini (2-1)
10. Neuqua Valley
11. Providence
12. Hinsdale Central
16. Homewood-Flossmoor

Chicago Tribune:

1. Bolingbrook
2. Maine South
3. Mount Carmel
4. Glenbard West
5. Loyola (2-1)
6. Marist
7. Lincoln-Way East
8. Wheaton North
9. St. Rita (2-1)
10. Montini (2-1)
13. Homewood-Flossmoor
14. Providence
20. Hinsdale Central

My thoughts on Week Three? The Chicago papers were right about Prairie Ridge; MaxPreps was wrong. Mount Carmel, which defeated De La Salle (a team that hasn't had a winning record since 2009), still doesn't get any respect from MaxPreps, even though it is near the top in the local papers. And Waubonsie Valley has rocketed to the No. 4 spot on MaxPreps, while only garnering a No. 20 in the Sun-Times and a 19 in the Trib.

As for me, I'm leaning toward that Glenbard West-Hinsdale South game on Friday. It's closer, and I plan to be at Lincoln-Way East on the 28th for the Bolingbrook game. (They should both be undefeated.) Last year, I was at Bolingbrook to see the Raiders lose their only game of the year, to the Griffins of Lincoln-Way East. This one could be the Game of the Year.

And, of course, I'll be at Loyola on Saturday for the game against Providence. Should be a great weekend!

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