Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Associated Press came out...

...with its rankings according to class yesterday and you can see them here.

Before I get to my own, though, it's worth noting all the undefeated schools that went down last weekend. I saw three previously unbeaten teams play: Bolingbrook, Homewood-Flossmoor and Fenwick. The last two are now 6-1.

Others that lost in Week Seven include Niles West, Benet, Dunbar, Lincoln-Way North and Limestone.

So that leaves only two undefeated teams in 8A, Bolingbrook and Loyola, above. While the Raiders have a tough game against Lincoln-Way East (6-1) at home, the Ramblers host Lake Forest Academy (3-4). Might Loyola be the last undefeated team in 8A? (They still have to play at 6-1 St. Rita in Week Nine.)

In 7A, Lake Zurich, Schaumburg, Edwardsville and Whitney Young remain unbeaten. The Bears travel to Libertyville (3-4), the Saxons are at Fremd (5-2), the Tigers host Granite City (2-5) and the Dolphins (Dolphins?) will be at Mather (2-5). So, really, the only one of these schools in danger of losing is Schaumburg.

There are three 7-0 teams in 6A: Rock Island, Boylan and Rich Central. The Rocks are at Moline (1-6), the Titans travel to Belvidere North (4-3) and the Olympians play at Kankakee (3-4). Any upsets here? I doubt it.

And in 5A, Sycamore, Montini, Kaneland, Washington, Highland, University and Glenbard South are all an unblemished 7-0.

After this weekend, however, there will be at least one less undefeated team as Kaneland travels to Sycamore. (Can't believe I won't be there!)

Other than that, Montini should defeat a bruised and battered Aurora Christian (5-2), Highland is at Mascoutah (2-5) and Glenbard South plays at Ridgewood (2-5).

But Washington will host Metamora (4-3) while University plays at home against 4A Mahomet-Seymour (7-0). Whaddaya think, will one of those two unbeaten 5A squads go down?

(There are still eight undefeated teams in 4A, four in 3A, eleven in 2A and six in 1A.)

Meanwhile, I'll be at Wheaton Warrenville South at Glenbard North tomorrow night.

Don't like my choice? Well, if you live up north there's always Stevenson (5-2) at Lake Forest (6-1).

Out west you can watch Naperville Central (5-2) at Wheaton North (6-1) or Kaneland (7-0) at Sycamore (7-0) way out west.

There's Lincoln-Way East (6-1) at Bolingbrook (7-0) for those of you who live southwest.

And if you want to drive south, there's (in order of distance from State and Madison):

Fenwick (6-1) at De La Salle (5-2),
Providence (4-3) at Mount Carmel (6-1),
Benet (6-1) at Marist (4-3),
Bishop McNamara (4-3) at Leo (7-0),
Notre Dame (6-1) at Joliet Catholic (6-1),
Mahomet-Seymour (7-0) at University (7-0), or
Sacred Heart-Griffin (6-1) at Glenwood (6-1).

And on Saturday there's Montini (7-0) at Aurora Christian (5-2), but I doubt I'll drive all that way for a bloodbath.

Finally, here's how I would rate the 25 teams I've seen in 2013 by class (with its AP ranking):


1. Loyola (7-0) AP No. 1
2. Bolingbrook (7-0) No. 2
3. Homewood-Flossmoor (6-1) No. 4
4. Naperville Central (5-2) No. 7
5. Notre Dame (6-1) No. 10
6. Neuqua Valley (6-1) No. 3
7. Warren (5-2) N/R
8. Marist (4-3) N/R
9. Niles West (6-1) N/R
10. Bartlett (3-4) N/R


1. Wheaton Warrenville South (6-1) AP No. 5
2. Mount Carmel (6-1) No. 2
3. Lake Zurich (7-0) No. 1
4. St. Rita (6-1) No. 8
5. Benet (6-1) N/R
6. Wheaton North (6-1) No. 6
7. Fenwick (6-1) N/R
8. Niles North (3-4) N/R


1. Providence (4-3) AP No. 10
2. De La Salle (5-2) N/R
3. St. Patrick (4-3) N/R
4. Crete-Monee (6-1) No. 3


1. Phillips (4-3) N/R


1. IC Prep (4-3) N/R
2. Aurora Central (5-2) N/R

Enjoy the games!

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