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CSN Preps Power Rankings: No. 8 Brother Rice

CSN Preps Power Rankings: No. 8 Brother Rice

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 1, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 26. View Edgy Tim's other football previews here.

School: Brother Rice

Head coach: Brian Badke

How they fared in 2015: 10-2 (3-1) Chicago Catholic League Blue Conference. Brother Rice made the Class 8A state playoff field. The Crusaders defeated Bartlett and South Elgin then lost to Palatine in the quarterfinals.

Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Crusaders survive the CCL Blue and make a deep run in 8A?

Names to watch this season: WR Ricky Smalling, DT Larry Washington

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Biggest holes to fill: Can the Crusaders replace graduated school record-setting quarterback Cam Miller?

EDGY's early take: Brother Rice has big shoes to fill under center, yet the overall talent level for the Crusaders is still very strong in 2016. With 10 starters back (five offense, five defense) the Crusaders have enough experience to take on the always rugged CCL Blue slate and beyond.

Crusaders schedule:

Aug. 28 vs. Marist *Soldier Field* (6 p.m.)

Sept. 2 vs. Crete-Monee (7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 9 at Aurora Christian (7: 30 p.m.)

Sept. 16 vs. Montini Catholic (7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 23 at Providence Catholic (7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 30 vs. Mount Carmel (7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 7 vs. St. Joseph (7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 14 at St. Rita (7:30 p.m.)

Oct. 21 vs. Loyola Academy (7:30 p.m.)

92 Days to Kickoff: St. Edward

92 Days to Kickoff: St. Edward

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: St. Edward

Head coach: Mike Rolando

Assistant coaches: Steve McShane, Scot Brockner, Eloy Diaz, Mike Childers, Mike Holte, Tim Wood, Zack McQueen and Andrew Yarwood

How they fared in 2017: 5-4 (2-3 Metro Suburban Blue Conference). St. Edward failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Tinley Park

Aug. 31 @ Wheaton Academy

Sept. 7 @ Hope Academy

Sept. 14 vs Elmwood Park

Sept. 21 @ Guerin Prep

Sept. 28 @ Chicago Christian

Oct. 5 vs IC Catholic Prep

Oct. 12 vs Fenton

Oct. 19 vs Ridgewood

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Biggest storyline: Can the Green Wave reload and replace several multi-year starters lost to graduation this spring?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Nick Wright and WR/DB Sidney Muhammed

Biggest holes to fill: Replacing standout quarterback Dylan Mlinarich will likely be one of the bigger projects for the 'Wave.

EDGY's Early Take: The Green Wave just missed out on the 2017 playoff because of low playoff points and will need to reload come August. Only two starters are back on both sides of the football. Look for St. Edward to get the football into the hands of RB Nick Wright quite a bit. WR Sidney Muhammed will also be another experienced play maker this fall. 

NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

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NBC Sports Chicago's 100 Days to Kickoff

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

In case you missed any of our previews, here is our rundown:

100. De La Salle

99. Crystal Lake South

98. Eisenhower

97. Back of the Yards

96. Jacobs

95. Waubonsie Valley

94. Kaneland

93. West Aurora

92. St. Edward