Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The rankings are in...

...and, predictably, Hinsdale Central (7-0) has vaulted into the top ten of all three news services after its big 28-21 victory over Lyons (6-1).

The Tribune dropped both the Lions and Oak Park and River Forest (6-1) from its top ten after Glenbard West (5-2) ruined the Huskies' undefeated season on Saturday, 56-39. In addition to the Red Devils, the Trib elevated Marist (6-1).

The Sun-Times, for its part, only demoted Lyons to No. 10 while essentially replacing OPRF with Hinsdale Central.

And in MaxPreps, Naperville North (6-1) joined the Red Devils in their top ten after the Huskies defeated rival Naperville Central (3-4) on Friday, 50-31.

Before I get to this week's Game of the Week (which is a no-brainer, as is next week's), it's worth noting that New Trier (5-2) finally ended Maine South's (4-3) 77-game conference winning streak, 27-21, in Park Ridge. (I always thought Glenbrook South would be the team to beat the Hawks after 16 years, but, alas, it was not to be.)

Also, while I'm at it, McNamara (2-5), last year's 3A champ, and Nazareth (3-4), last year's 5A and 2015's 6A champs, both lost. The Fightin' Irish are now eliminated from postseason play and the Roadrunners are perilously close. And Providence (3-4), 2015's 7A champ, has to beat both No. 1 Loyola this week and Mount Carmel (4-3) in Week Nine to secure a playoff birth. That's going to be really hard.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

My Game of the Week will be Palatine (7-0) at Barrington (7-0). It's not every day of the week that two undefeated, ranked teams from the same conference square off against each other. (Gee; who do you think will be my Game of the Week next week?)

My runner-up GotW will be Benet (6-1) at Marist (6-1). This should be a heck of a matchup too. Both squads lost their openers but have been perfect ever since.

Enough; on to the rankings! (All teams undefeated unless otherwise noted.)


1. Loyola
2. Homewood-Flossmoor
3. Brother Rice
4. Lincoln-Way East (6-1) 
5. Neuqua Valley
6. Palatine
7. Barrington
8. Prairie Ridge
9. Hinsdale Central
10. Marist (6-1)


1. Loyola
2. Homewood-Flossmoor
3. Brother Rice
4. Neuqua Valley
5. Hinsdale Central
6. Barrington
7. Palatine
8. Lincoln-Way East (6-1)
9. Marist (6-1)
10. Lyons (6-1)


1. Loyola
2. East St. Louis
3. Brother Rice
4. Neuqua Valley
5. Palatine
6. Prairie Ridge
7. Naperville North (6-1)
8. Homewood-Flossmoor
9. Barrington
10. Hinsdale Central

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