High school football: Michael O’Brien’s Super 25 rankings for Week 14


Thirteen games are in the books….and it looks like we expected it to back in August. There’s always heat involved with doing rankings, so it is fun to take a victory lap when things work out.

The Class 7A title game features preseason No. 1 Mount Carmel against preseason No. 4 Batavia. The Class 8A title game is preseason No. 2 Lincoln-Way East vs. preseason No. 3 Loyola. Prairie Ridge, the preseason No. 8, is in the Class 6A title game against East St. Louis.

All five teams took different roads to Champaign, but there isn’t a surpise in the bunch.

That sets up a tremendous Saturday in Champaign. The state’s two Class 8A heavyweights facing off and Mount Carmel vs. Batavia is a rematch of last seasons’s great playoff game.

East St. Louis has to be dreading facing a triple option attack once again. Can Prairie Ridge pull of another stunning win for the Fox Valley?

Week 14’s Super 25
With record and last week’s ranking

  1. 1. Mount Carmel (13-0) 1
    7A: vs. No. 4 Batavia

2. Loyola (12-1) 2
8A: vs. No. 3 Lincoln-Way East

3. Lincoln-Way East (13-0) 3
8A: vs. No. 2 Loyola

4. Batavia (10-3) 9
7A: vs. No. 1 Mount Carmel

5. Prairie Ridge (12-1) 8
6A: vs. East St. Louis

6. York (12-1) 4
Season complete

7. Lemont (12-1) 7
Season complete

8. Glenbard West (11-2) 5
Season complete

9. St. Rita (10-3) 6
Season complete

10. Nazareth (9-4) 12
5A: vs. Peoria

11. Lake Zurich (11-2) 12
Season complete

12. Sycamore (12-1) 11
Season complete

13. Maine South (9-3) 13
Season complete

14. Crete-Monee (9-3) 14
Season complete

15. St. Charles North (10-2) 15
Season complete

16. Warren (10-2) 16
Season complete

17. Lyons (9-3) 17
Season complete

18. Marist (8-3) 18
Season complete

19, Simeon (11-1) 19
Public League champs

20. Hersey (10-1) 20
Season complete

21. Providence (9-4) 22
4A: vs. Sacred Heart-Griffin

22. St. Ignatius (10-3) 21
Season complete

23. Morris (10-3) 23
Season complete

24. IC Catholic (12-1) 24
3A: vs. Williamsville

25. St. Francis (11-2) 25
Season complete





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