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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 10

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 10

1. Loyola Academy (9-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat Mount Carmel, 49-21

This Week: vs. West Aurora

EDGY's Take: The Ramblers have been impressive all season long and closed out the regular season with a win over the Caravan.

2. Glenbard West (9-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Addison Trail, 48-28

This Week: vs. Moline

EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers wind up in 7A but those first few rounds? Wow that's a rough draw to say the least.

3. Libertyville (9-0) (4)

Last Week: Beat Lakes, 40-6

This Week: vs. Downers Grove North

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats might have drawn the toughest opening round game of any high seed in the run happy Trojans.

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (8-1) (1)

Last Week: Lost to Bolingbrook, 22-21

This Week: vs. O'Fallon

EDGY's Take: OK, now it's time to get back to work. Trust me no one in Homewood or Flossmoor will take the Panthers lightly.

5. Montini Catholic (9-0) (6)

Last Week: Beat Marmion Academy, 35-0

This Week: vs. Wauconda

EDGY's Take: The Broncos get a new view on the IHSA playoff bus in 6A...and still remain one of the favorites to play in DeKalb.

6. Naperville Central (8-1) (8)

Last Week: Beat Lake Park, 28-7

This Week: vs. Bolingbrook

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks didn't draw anything easy here in Bolingbrook. 

7. Phillips (9-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Perspectives, 55-0

This Week: vs. Genoa-Kingston 

EDGY's Take: The only question these days is how healthy are the Wildcats? 

8. Brother Rice (8-1) (9)

Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 37-21

This Week: vs. Bartlett

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders have a good chance to make a nice run in 8A.

9. Oak Park-River Forest (8-1) (11)

Last Week: Beat Hinsdale Central, 39-7

This Week: vs. Fremd

EDGY's Take: The Huskies are getting it done with defense and a strong running game.

10. Lincoln-Way East (7-2) (12)

Last Week: Beat Sandburg, 25-21

This Week: vs. Jacobs

EDGY's Take: The Griffins defense will need to contend with Jacobs QB Chris Katernick.

11. Mount Carmel (7-2) (9)

Last Week: Lost to Loyola, 49-21

This Week: vs. Glenbard North

EDGY's Take: Did anyone in the state draw a tougher opening round game? Run versus run here. 

12. Joliet Catholic (8-1) (13)

Last Week: Beat Marist, 35-28

This Week: vs. Vernon Hills

EDGY's Take: The Hillmen seem to be getting healthy at the right time of the year. VH QB Connor McNamara is a player. 

13. Hinsdale Central  (7-2) (10)

Last Week: Lost to OPRF, 39-7

This Week: vs. Neuqua Valley

EDGY's Take: Big loss last week to OPRF in several ways. The Red Devils will need to bring their A game in Round 1.

14. Huntley (9-0) (14)

Last Week: Beat Dundee-Crown, 43-6

This Week: vs. Minooka

EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders defense will need to slow down Minooka QB Johnny Carnagio this week.

15. Nazareth Academy (7-2) (15)

Last Week: Beat St. Viator, 49-22

This Week: vs. Sycamore

EDGY's Take: Not an easy draw at all playing the Spartans in Round 1.

16. Batavia (8-1) (16)

Last Week: Beat Streamwood, 51-7

This Week: vs. Pekin

EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs are sick of me telling them they haven't won a 7A state playoff game, and I'm sick of saying it as well.

17. Simeon (7-2) (17)

Last Week: Beat Collins, 47-6

This Week: vs. Lincoln Park 

EDGY's Take: The Wolverines seem to be under several radar screens for now in 7A. Big mistake my friends. 

18. Glenbard North (7-2) (19)

Last Week: Beat Neuqua Valley, 42-28

This Week: @ Mount Carmel

EDGY's Take: Again not an easy draw at all here, yet the Panthers have won seven straight and seem to be clicking.

19. Cary-Grove  (8-1) (20)

Last Week: Beat Crystal Lake South, 43-0

This Week: vs. Belleville West

EDGY's Take: The Trojans are just build for post-season football regardless of the class. 

20. Lincoln-Way North (9-0) (21)

Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way West, 28-21 OT

This Week: vs. Champaign Centennial

EDGY's Take: The Phoenix have been playing on emotions all season and can that continue through the post-season? 

21. Notre Dame (8-1) (22)

Last Week: Beat Carmel, 25-13

This Week: vs. Marist

EDGY's Take: Well at least the Dons get another shot at the Redhawks who beat them 49-42 back in Week 4.

22. Neuqua Valley (6-3) (18)

Last Week: Lost to Glenbard North, 42-28

This Week: @ Hinsdale Central

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats have talent and playoff potential but the turnovers need to stop immediately.

23. Barrington (8-1) (23)

Last Week: Beat Hoffman Estates, 29-18

This Week: vs. Plainfield South

EDGY's Take: A game like this one is exactly why we all wanted to see the 1-32 seeding. Did anyone fathom Plainfield South at Barrington?

24. Maine South (7-2) (24)

Last Week: Beat Evanston, 34-31

This Week: vs. Plainfield North

EDGY's Take: The Hawks always seem to just find a way to win. Sophomore RB Fotis Kokosioulis strikes fear in every opposing defense and sports writer this season.

25. Geneva (8-1) (25)

Last Week: Beat Larkin, 41-27

This Week: vs. Oswego East

EDGY's Take: The Vikings have the potential to make a nice run in Class 7A.

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 football 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 that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. 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. 

Week 9 is “Bubble Week” for many teams fighting to stay on the right side of the postseason bubble. Who moves on? Whose bubble will burst? Will Wauconda advance to the playoffs after finishing 2-7 last year? Or will Grant end their season on a winning note? Schaumburg and Fremd both stand at 4-4. The winner goes to the postseason. The winner stays home for November. Zion-Benton hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2003. A win over Libertyville gets them there. But for the Wildcats, this ‘is’ their playoff game. Who wins in the North Suburban conference? We’ll send our cameras to one of the following:

Grant at Wauconda, 7:15 p.m.

Schaumburg at Fremd, 7:30 p.m.

Libertyville at Zion-Benton, 7:30 p.m.

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word! 

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.

Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 9

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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 9

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings.
 
1. Lincoln-Way East 8-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Thornwood, 56-18
This Week: vs Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The Griffins get a nice Week 9 test hosting Bolingbrook. Can the Raiders push the Griffins for four quarters?

2. Batavia 8-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 27-24
This Week: @ Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: An epic drive late in the game with no timeouts. The Bulldogs pull out the close-call win over St. Charles North.  

3. Brother Rice 8-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Leo, 48-0
This Week: @ Montini Catholic
EDGY's Take: What were the preseason that the biggest Chicago Catholic League game of the year would be Brother Rice at Montini?

4. Marist 7-1 (4)
Last Week: Beat Marian Central Catholic, 42-6
This Week: @ Benet Academy
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks will get a nice Week 9 on Friday from Benet at Benedictine University. 

5. Mount Carmel 7-1 (5)
Last Week: Beat St. Laurence, 40-0
This Week: vs Fenwick
EDGY's Take: The Caravan have been playing as well as any contenders ranked here.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 7-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Andrew, 35-3
This Week: vs Sandburg
EDGY's Take: Head coach Craig Buzea got his 200th career win last Friday over Andrew.

7. Cary-Grove 8-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Prairie Ridge, 21-14
This Week: vs Naperville Central
EDGY's Take: The Trojans rallied from being down 14-0 and scored 21 unanswered points to defeat their bitter rivals.

8. Simeon 8-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Taft, 58-7
This Week: @ Curie
EDGY's Take: The big question coming Saturday night-- Will the Wolverines wind up in 8A or 7A? 

9. Nazareth Academy 7-1 (9)
Last Week: Beat Joliet Catholic, 49-20
This Week: vs Marian Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners get a nice bounce-back win last Friday over Joliet Catholic.

10. Maine South 7-1 (10)
Last Week: Beat New Trier, 38-21
This Week: vs Niles West
EDGY's Take: The Hawks get another big Central Suburban South win. 

11. Oswego 8-0 (11)
Last Week: Beat Joliet Central, 49-0
This Week: @ Plainfield South
EDGY's Take: The Panthers will take on a very defensive-minded Plainfield South team on Friday.
 
12. Richards 8-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Reavis, 51-0
This Week: vs Eisenhower
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs continue to cruise and are gearing for a high seed in Class 6A.
 
13. Phillips 6-2 (14)
Last Week: Beat Westinghouse, 46-6
This Week: @ Raby
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will look to finish strong this week against Raby.

14. Willowbrook 8-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Proviso East, 40-7
This Week: @ Downers Grove South
EDGY's Take: The Warriors will look to send Downers Grove South (4-4) home for the holidays on Friday.

15. Naperville Central 6-2 (16)
Last Week: Beat Waubonsie Valley, 35-14
This Week: @ Cary-Grove
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks have won six straight games and have the makings of a team that could make some postseason noise. 

16. Bolingbrook 7-1 (17)
Last Week: Beat Thornton, 43-7
This Week: @ Lincoln-Way East
EDGY's Take: The Raiders will look to derail the "Big Cobalt Blue Machine" this Friday in Frankfort. 

17. Montini 8-0 (18)
Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 27-3
This Week: vs Brother Rice
EDGY's Take: The Broncos will host Brother Rice on Friday in the biggest game of the year in the Chicago Catholic League.

18. Oak Park-River Forest 6-2 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard West, 10-7
This Week: vs Lyons Township
EDGY's Take: The Huskies have a top-notch defense and found a way to beat Glenbard West at Duchon Field. It was OPRF's first win there since 1998.

19. Warren Township 7-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 21-0
This Week: @ Mundelein
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils defense came to play. An impressive 21-0 shutout over Stevenson 21-0 last Friday.

20. Glenbard West 6-2 (12)
Last Week: Lost to Oak Park-River Forest, 10-7
This Week: @ Proviso West
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers defense is still salty as ever. But can the offense find a few more options besides standout RB Tyquan Cox?

21. Hillcrest 8-0 (22)
Last Week: Beat TF North, 50-6
This Week: vs Bremen
EDGY's Take: The Hawks have made it look easy this regular season. They'll go for a 9-0 sweep later this week in an effort to claim a high seed in 5A.

22. Notre Dame 7-1 (23)
Last Week: Beat Carmel, 21-7
This Week: vs Joliet Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Dons now host JCA and will try to knock out the Hilltoppers from the state playoff field.

23. Hinsdale Central 8-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Lyons Township, 57-0
This Week: vs Hinsdale South
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils will get challenged this Friday against crosstown rival Hinsdale South (The "Doings Cup" game).

24. Rolling Meadows 8-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Hersey, 38-35
This Week: @ Buffalo Grove
EDGY's Take: The Mustangs get a huge win over Hersey. Why do I get the feeling we could see an RM-Hersey rematch in the postseason?
 
25. St. Charles North 6-2 (21)
Last Week: Lost to Batavia, 27-24
This Week: vs Wheaton South
EDGY's Take: The North Stars drop a last-second loss to Batavia last Friday; they will look to get back on track this week against another tough opponent in Wheaton South.