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2018 IHSA Football Playoff Pairings

2018 IHSA Football Playoff Pairings

The 2018 IHSA Football Playoff pairings have been unveiled as teams from all over the state begin their postseason journey. 

Be sure to check our Twitter, @NBCSPreps, or the IHSA's Twitter, @IHSAState, for the latest IHSA Football updates. 

EDGY TIM PICKS CLASS 5A AND 6A

EDGY TIM PICKS CLASS 7A AND 8A

PANEL PREDICTS THE STATE FINALS FOR ALL EIGHT CLASSES

CLASS 8A

CLASS 8A EXPERT ANALYSIS

1. Brother Rice (9-0) vs. 32. Zion-Benton (5-4)
16. Oak Park-River Forest (7-2) vs. 17. New Trier (7-2)
8. Warren (8-1) vs. 25. Neuqua Valley (6-3)
9. Hinsdale Central (7-2) vs. 24. Conant (6-3)
4. Homewood-Flossmoor (8-1) vs. 29. Fremd (5-4)
13. Oswego East (7-2) vs. 20. Barrington (6-3)
5. Marist (8-1) vs. 28. Stevenson (6-3)
12. Plainfield South (7-2) vs. 21. Naperville Central (6-3)
2. Lincoln-Way East (9-0) vs. 31. St. Charles East (5-4)
15. Bartlett (7-2) vs. 18. Glenbard West (7-2)
7. West Aurora (8-1) vs. 26. South Elgin (6-3)
10. Evanston (7-2) vs. 23. Edwardsville (6-3)
3. Oswego (9-0) vs. 30. Taft (5-4)
14. Minooka (7-2) vs. 19. Loyola (6-3)
6. Maine South (8-1) vs. 27. Huntley (6-3)
11. Bolingbrook (7-2) vs. 22. Waubonsie Valley (6-3)

CLASS 7A

CLASS 7A EXPERT ANALYSIS

1. Simeon (9-0) vs. 32. Rockford East (5-4)
16. Harlem (7-2) vs. 17. Lincoln-Way West (7-2)
8. Nazareth (8-1) vs. 25. Andrew (6-3)
9. Hersey (8-1) vs. 24. Lincoln-Way Central (6-3)
4. Batavia (9-0) vs. 29. Granite City (5-4)
13. Moline (8-1) vs. 20. Glenbrook North (7-2)
5. Willowbrook (9-0) vs. 28. Lincoln Park (5-4)
12. Maine West (8-1) vs. 21. Benet Academy (6-3)
2. Glenbard East (9-0) vs. 31. Prospect (5-4)
15. East St. Louis (7-2) vs. 18. Hoffman Estates (7-2)
7. Mount Carmel (8-1) vs. 26. T.F. South (6-3)
10. DeKalb (8-1) vs. 23. Lake Zurich (6-3)
3. Hononegah (9-0) vs. 30. Buffalo Grove (5-4) 
14. Wheaton Warrenville South (8-1) vs. 19. Belleville West (7-2)
6. Rolling Meadows (9-0) vs. 27. Alton (5-4)
11. Normal Community (8-1) vs. 27. St. Charles North (6-3) 

CLASS 6A

CLASS 6A EXPERT ANALYSIS

1. Cary-Grove (9-0) vs. 16. Wauconda (5-4)
8. Kaneland (6-3) vs. 9. Von Steuben (6-3)
4. Phillips (7-2) vs. 13. Lake Forest (5-4)
5. Prairie Ridge (7-2) vs. 12. Hinsdale South (6-3)
2. Antioch (9-0) vs. 15. Reavis (5-4)
7. Lakes (7-2) vs. 10 Belvidere North (6-3)
3. Kenwood (8-1) vs. 14. Crystal Lake South (5-4)
6. Niles Notre Dame (7-2) vs. 11. St. Ignatius (6-3)
1. Richards (9-0) vs. 16. Rock Island (5-4)
8. Yorkville (7-2) vs. 9. Dunlap (7-2)
4. Normal West (8-1) vs. 13. Peoria Notre Dame (6-3)
5. Shepard (7-2) vs. 12. Springfield (6-3)
2. Washington (9-0) vs. 15. Providence Catholic (5-4)
7. Sacred Heart-Griffin (7-2) vs. 10. Quincy (7-2)
3. Glenwood (8-1) vs. 14. Lemont (5-4)
6. Bloomington (7-2) vs. 11. Crete-Monee (6-3)

CLASS 5A

CLASS 5A EXPERT ANALYSIS

1. Payton (9-0) vs. 16. Evergreen Park (5-4)
8. Elmwood Park (7-2) vs. 9. Back of the Yards (6-3)
4. Montini (8-1) vs. 13. Woodstock North (5-4)
5. Sycamore (7-2) vs. 12. Rochelle (5-4)
2. Sterling (8-1) vs. 15. Phoenix Coop (5-4)
7. Hyde Park (7-2) vs. 10. Brooks (6-3)
3. Boylan Catholic (8-1) vs. 14. Glenbard South (5-4)
6. St. Francis (7-2) vs. 11. Amundsen (5-4)
1. Hillcrest (9-0) vs. 16. Jerseyville (5-4)
8. MacArthur (6-3) vs. 9. Morton (6-3)
4. Cahokia (8-1) vs. 13. Mt. Zion (6-3)
5. Carbondale (7-2) vs. 12. Champaign Central (6-3)
2. Highland (9-0) vs. 15. Rich Central (5-4)
7. Mattoon (6-3) vs. 10. Mascoutah (6-3)
3. Metamora (8-1) vs. 14. Joliet Catholic (5-4)
6. Marion (6-3) vs. 11. Rich East (6-3)

CLASS 4A

CLASS 4A EXPERT ANALYSIS

1. IC Catholic (9-0) vs. 16. Raby (5-4)
8. Dixon (6-3) vs. 9. Stillman Valley (6-3)
4. Urban Prep Bronzeville (8-1) vs. 13. St. Edward (5-4)
5. Marengo (7-2) vs. 12. Sullivan (6-3)
2. Coal City (8-1) vs. 15. Wheaton Academy (5-4)
7. Ag. Science (7-2) vs. 10. Johnsburg (6-3)
3. Richmond-Burton (8-1) vs. 14. Plano (5-4)
6. Genoa-Kingston (7-2) vs. 11. Clemente (6-3)
1. Taylorville (9-0) vs. 16. Illinois Valley Central (5-4)
8. Columbia (7-2) vs. 9. Freeburg (7-2)
4. Rochester (8-1) vs. 13. Breese Central (6-3)
5. Pontiac (8-1) vs. 12. Herrin (7-2)
2. Paris (9-0) vs. 15. Salem (6-3)
7. Breese Mater Dei (7-2) vs. 10. Effingham (7-2)
3. Bishop McNamara (8-1) vs. 14. Richland County (6-3)
6. Murphysboro Coop (7-2) vs. 11. Prairie Central (7-2)

CLASS 3A

CLASS 3A EXPERT ANALYSIS

1. Byron (9-0) vs. 16. Rock Island Alleman (5-4)
8. Elmwood-Brimfield Coop (6-3) vs. 9. Princeton (6-3)
4. Lisle (8-1) vs. 13. Dwight Coop (6-3)
5. North Boone (7-2) vs. 12. Mid-County Coop (6-3)
2. Dunbar (8-1) vs. 15. Herscher (5-4)
7. Clark (6-3) vs. 10. Hall Twp. (6-3)
3. Eureka (8-1) vs. 14. UP/Englewood (5-4)
6. Monmouth-Rosevl. (7-2) vs. 11. Wilmington (6-3)
1. Monticello (9-0) vs. 16. St. Joseph-Ogden (5-4) 
8. Anna-Jonesboro (7-2) vs. 9. West Frankfort (7-2)
4. Farmington (9-0) vs. 13. Greenville (6-3)
5. Beardstown (8-1) vs. 12. Pleasant Plains (6-3)
2. Carlinville (9-0) vs. 15. East Alton-Wood River (6-3)
7. Vandalia (7-2) vs. 10. Paxton-Buckley-Loda (6-3)
3. Fairfield (9-0) vs. 14. Newton (6-3)
6. Williamsville (8-1) vs. 11. DuQuoin (6-3)

CLASS 2A

CLASS 2A EXPERT ANALYSIS

1. Gibson City-MS (9-0) vs. 16. Watseka (5-4)
8. Hope Academy (7-2) vs. 9. Knoxville (6-3)
4. Illini West (9-0) vs. 13. Mercer County (5-4)
5. Newman C.C. (8-1) vs. 12. Rockford Christian (6-3)
2. Orion (9-0) vs. 15. Fieldcrest (5-4)
7. Clifton Central (7-2) vs. 10. Rockridge (6-3)
3. Eastland-Pearl City Coop (9-0) vs. 14. Harlan (5-4)
6. Collins Coop (8-1) vs. 11. Chicago Christian (6-3)
1. St. Teresa (9-0) vs. 16. Staunton (5-4)
8. Eldorado (7-2) vs. 9. Athens (7-2)
4. Pana (8-1) vs. 13. Oakwood (5-4)
5. Nashville (8-1) vs. 12. Tri-Valley (5-4)
2. Maroa-Forsyth (9-0) vs. 15. Routt Coop (5-4)
7. Warrensburg-Latham (7-2) vs. 10. Chester (6-3)
3. Tuscola (8-1) vs. 14. Villa Grove-Heritage Coop (5-4)
6. Bismarck-Henning (8-1) vs. 11. West Hancock Coop (6-3)

CLASS 1A

CLASS 1A EXPERT ANALYSIS

1. Princeville (9-0) vs. 16. Polo (5-4)
8. Annawan-Wethersfield Coop (6-3) vs. 9. Aurora Christian (6-3)
4. Lena-Winslow (8-1) vs. 13. Lewistown (5-4)
5. Orr (8-1) vs. 12. LeRoy (5-4)
2. Ottawa Marquette (9-0) vs. 15. Orangeville (5-4)
7. Stockton (7-2) vs. 10. Dakota (6-3)
3. Milledgeville (9-0) vs. 14. Fulton (5-4)
6. Forreston (7-2) vs. 11. Hiawatha (6-3)
1. Argenta-Oreana (9-0) vs. 16. Cerro Gordo-Bement Coop (5-4)
8. Fisher (7-2) vs. 9. Cumberland (7-2)
4. Red Hill (8-1) vs. 13. Central A&M (6-3)
5. Madison (8-1) vs. 12. Edwards County (6-3)
2. Camp Pt. Central (8-1) vs. 15. Greenfield-NW Coop (6-3)
7. Sesser-Valier Coop (7-2) vs. 10. Carrollton (6-3)
3. Triopia Coop (8-1) vs. 14. Georgetown-RF (6-3)
6. Arcola (7-2) vs. 11. Salt Fork (6-3)

 

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

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VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

Who wants it more? 

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area boys basketball fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on Friday night’s "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m on NBC Sports Chicago. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago. This week: it's bracket time! We are highlighting some of the 2A boys basketball regional championships around the Windy City.

Which boys basketball sectional title game would you want to see the most?

2A Latin, 7:00 p.m. (poss. teams: Latin, Uplift, Parker, Disnery, Christ The King and ASPIRA)

2A UCCS/Woodlawn, 7:00 p.m. (poss. teams: UCCS/Woodlawn, Leo, CICS/Ellison, Noble/Baker, ACE Amandla)

2A Dunbar, 7:00 p.m. (poss. teams: Dunbar, Urban Prep/West, Chi. Military Acad./Bronzeville, Wells, Phoenix, Horizon/McKinley)

We will update this article after Tuesday's/Wednesday's semifinal games conclude.

To participate in the poll, our fans are encouraged to do the following:

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word!
 
The poll will start at 12:00 p.m. Monday. We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.

NBC Sports Chicago Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 13

NBC Sports Chicago Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 13

The latest Preps Power Rankings see a ton of changes this week thanks to a lot of top-25 matchups in the Public League Playoffs. With eight ranked city teams facing up to three games this week, there was a lot to keep tabs on as we're only a week away from the Class 3A/4A boys basketball state playoffs from starting.

Here's a look at the latest Power Rankings as we head into the home stretch. 

1. Curie (29-1) (1) -- The state's best team by a wide margin (based on regular season accomplishments) Curie put the icing on the cake by winning the Public League Playoffs. The Condors have the rare mix of star power and balance as they're the favorites in 4A right now.

2. Morgan Park (26-4) (3) -- Morgan Park finally saw its winning streak snapped during the Public League Playoff finals as they'll be the favorites to win again in Class 3A.

3. Evanston (25-4) (5) -- Beating rival New Trier for another solid win, the Wildkits are rolling as they try to make it back down to Peoria. 

4. Bloom (23-3) (6)  -- Solid wins over Thornton and Rich South during the week as Bloom prepares for a postseason being a hunted team.

5. Simeon (16-14) (15) -- Figuring things out after an up-and-down season, Simeon broke through with a win over rival Whitney Young before giving Morgan Park a huge scare in the semis.

6. Bogan (22-3) (2) -- The Bengals fell to Orr in the Public League Playoffs as they'll try to regroup for the Class 3A playoffs.

7. Whitney Young (22-7) (4) -- Whitney Young fell to Simeon in the Public League Playoff semifinals as the Dolphins continue to lack major tournament titles this season.

8. Orr (19-11) (14) -- The Spartans made a huge impression by knocking off Bogan in the city quarterfinals as they Class 2A champs will be a tough out in the state playoffs.

9. Geneva (27-1) (9) -- Quietly, Geneva continues to pile up wins as they have 12 straight after their only loss to Lake Park. 

10. Lincoln Park (20-7) (10) -- The Lions fell in the Public League Playoff quarterfinals to Morgan Park as they prepare for the State Playoffs. 

11. Providence-St. Mel (23-6) (16) -- Monster week for Providence-St. Mel by handily beating St. Rita and also holding off Leo. They look like the team to beat in Class 1A. 

12. Bolingbrook (19-6) (17) -- Sweeping Homewood-Flossmoor should give Bolingbrook a ton of confidence as the Raiders are 

13. St. Viator (23-5) (23) -- The Lions look like they're back as point guard Trey Calvin's return makes them a 3A favorite. The win over Marian Catholic was huge.

14. Marian Catholic (24-4) (7) -- Falling on the road to St. Viator in ESCC play, the Spartans finish the regular season with Joliet Catholic. 

15. St. Rita (21-8) (11) -- The Mustangs saw their recent hot-streak stopped by Providence-St. Mel but they bounced back with an important Catholic League win over DePaul Prep.

16. OPRF (17-8) (19) -- OPRF maintained its pace with a tight win over Downers North. This week sees Proviso East and the West Suburban title game.

17. Farragut (17-7) (18) -- The Admirals lost in the quarterfinals of the Public League Playoffs to Curie as Aaron Strong and company will be tough in 3A.

18. Homewood-Flossmoor (19-7) (8) -- Homewood-Flossmoor lost again to Bolingbrook while also dropping a game to Maine South. The Vikings don't have a top-25 win since December.   

19. York (26-4) (20) -- Earning two wins in conference play, York continues to beat the teams they should.

20. St. Laurence (24-5) (22) -- Three wins for the Vikings last week after some recent losses. St. Laurence remains an intriguing Class 3A team. 

21. Riverside-Brookfield (25-4) (24) -- Twelve consecutive wins for the Bulldogs as they now have the most regular-season wins in school history.

22. Benet (21-7) (NR) -- Back in the Power Rankings after a notable win over Stevenson, the Redwings get a crack at St. Viator in ESCC play this week.

23. Stevenson (23-4) (12) -- After a strong North Suburban overtime win over Waukegan, the Patriots finally fell to Benet on the road.

24. Waukegan (23-5) (13) -- Senior Bryant Brown became the Bulldogs' all-time leading scorer last week, but the Bulldogs fell to Stevenson in overtime during the week.

25. Maine South (21-9, 5-5) Peaking at the right time, Maine South has eight straight wins -- including a notable win over Homewood-Flossmoor over the weekend.