High School Football: Michael O’Brien’s Super 25 Ranking for Week 9

Week 8 was perhaps the most boring week of the season. There were no matchups between ranked teams other than Simeon vs. Morgan Park. It’s the calm before the storm.

Today’s task was simple. Almost everything has remained the same. Neuqua Valley retires after losing 14-0 to DeKalb. Morgan Park left after losing to Simeon.

Brother Rice makes his season debut. I knew the Crusaders belonged after watching them beat Joliet Catholic last week, but I couldn’t get them in until now. Each CCL/ESCC Blue team is ranked in the Super 25.

Sycamore is the other new entry. I was impressed with the Spartans when I saw them face Fenwick in the playoffs last season and kept an eye on them. Sycamore’s 35-7 win over DeKalb in Week 1 looks even more impressive now.

South Elgin, Wauconda, Reed-Custer and Richmond-Burton are all undefeated and outside the Super 25.

Week 9 Super 25

1. Mount Carmel (8-0) 1
Saturday at No. 2 Loyola

2. Loyola (8-0) 2
Saturday against Mount Carmel No. 1

3. Lincoln-Way East (8-0) 3
Friday at Bradley-Bourbonnais

4.York (8-0) 4
Thursday at Oak Park

5. Simeon (8-0) 5
Saturday against Lane at Gately

6. West Glenbard (7-1) 6
Saturday at Hindale Central

7. Hersey (8-0) 7
Friday against Buffalo Grove

8. Lemon (8-0) 8
Thursday at TF Sud

9. Perspective (7-1) 9
Friday at Rolling Meadows

10. Marist (5-3) 10
Friday at Brother Rice

11. Saint Rita (6-2) 11
Friday against Notre Dame

12. Warren (7-1) 12
Friday vs. Zion-Benton

13. South Maine (6-2) 13
Friday vs. New Trier

14. Crete-Monee (6-2) 14
Friday vs. Kankakee No. 19

15. Prairie Ridge (7-1) 16
Friday vs. Crystal Lake Central

16. St. Charles North (7-1) 17
Friday at No. 18 Batavia

17. Wheaton North (7-1) 18
Friday vs. St. Charles East

18. Batavia (6-2) 19
Friday against No. 16 St. Charles North

19. Kankakee (7-1) 20
Friday at n°14 Crete-Monee

20. Lake Zurich (7-1) 21
Friday in Waukegan

21. Plainfield North (8-0) 22
Friday vs. Oswego East

22. Naperville Center (6-2) 23
Friday vs. Naperville North

23. Brother Rice (5-3) NR
Friday vs n°10 Marist

24. St. Francis (8-0) 25
Friday at IC Catholic

25. Sycamore (8-0) NR
Friday against Morris

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