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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 11

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 11

1. Loyola Academy (10-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat West Aurora, 31-0

This Week: vs. Stevenson

EDGY's Take: Can the Ramblers turn the tables this time around? Both played each other in the 8A second round a season ago, a Loyola 24-21 loss.

2. Glenbard West (10-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat Moline, 49-10

This Week: vs. Mount Carmel

EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers will get to host the Caravan in one of the state's elite games this week.

3. Libertyville (10-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Downers Grove North, 56-24

This Week: vs. Lincoln-Way East

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will get their biggest test so far this season in the Griffins.

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (9-1) (4)

Last Week: Beat O'Fallon, 55-17

This Week: vs. New Trier

EDGY's Take: Can the Vikings take care of business in this North suburban versus South suburban battle?

5. Montini Catholic (10-0) (5)

Last Week: Beat Wauconda, 35-7

This Week: vs. Kaneland

EDGY's Take: The Broncos defense will get another test this week in the Knights.

6. Naperville Central (9-1) (6)

Last Week: Beat Bolingbrook, 14-7

This Week: @ Warren Township

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks defense has been very strong all season long.

7. Phillips (10-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Genoa-Kingston, 41-7

This Week: @ Johnsburg 

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will have deja vu when they travel to Johnsburg for a second straight back to back 4A Round 2 game. Phillips beat the Skyhawks a year ago, 41-0.

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

Last Week: Beat Bartlett, 49-21

This Week: vs. South Elgin

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders defense will need to defend a very potent Storm offense this week.

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

Last Week: Beat Fremd, 26-17

This Week: vs. Palatine

EDGY's Take: The Huskies need to clean up the penalties from last week's win over Fremd. 

10. Lincoln-Way East (8-2) (10)

Last Week: Beat Jacobs, 40-6

This Week: @ Libertyville

EDGY's Take: The Griffins had their own Riley Lees a few years back in All State Tommy Fuessel.

11. Mount Carmel (8-2) (11)

Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 42-15

This Week: @ Glenbard West

EDGY's Take: The Caravan just seem to find another gear in the postseason, and trust me it's not reverse or neutral. 

12. Joliet Catholic (9-1) (12)

Last Week: Beat Vernon Hills, 48-29

This Week: vs. Marian Central Catholic

EDGY's Take: The Hillmen will take on the Hurricanes for the second time this season.  

13. Huntley (10-0) (14)

Last Week: Beat Minooka, 49-7

This Week: vs. Oswego

EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders continue their tour of the Southwest Prairie conference when hosting Oswego.

14. Nazareth Academy (8-2) (15)

Last Week: Beat Sycamore, 38-6

This Week: @ Solorio

EDGY's Take: It took the Road Runner a half before kicking things into gear in beating Sycamore.

15. Batavia (9-1) (16)

Last Week: Beat Pekin, 56-7

This Week: @ Simeon

EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs finally get that first elusive win in 7A, and can the Bulldogs play well on the road at Gately this week?

16. Neuqua Valley (7-3) (22)

Last Week: Beat Hinsdale Central, 29-26

This Week: vs. Waubonsie Valley

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats unsung hero all season has been senior RB/LB Nick Osicowicz.

17. Simeon (8-2) (17)

Last Week: Beat Lincoln Park, 51-6

This Week: vs. Batavia

EDGY's Take: The Wolverines will get their biggest test in weeks when they host Batavia.

18. Cary-Grove  (9-1) (19)

Last Week: Beat Belleville West, 48-7

This Week: vs. Benet Academy

EDGY's Take: The Trojans will face a Benet Academy defense that has seen CG's style of offense more than once this fall. 

19. Lincoln-Way North (10-0) (20)

Last Week: Beat Champaign Centennial, 41-0

This Week: @ Richards

EDGY's Take: The Phoenix beat Richards 30-29 back in Week 1. Expect another close game here. 

20. Barrington (9-1) (23)

Last Week: Beat Plainfield South, 41-12

This Week: @ Marist

EDGY's Take: A Broncos also get their biggest test to date this week on the South side.

21. Hinsdale Central (9-1) (13)

Last Week: Lost to Neuqua Valley, 29-26

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Red Devils will just simply reload.

22. Maine South (8-2) (24)

Last Week: Beat Plainfield North, 35-20

This Week: @ Normal Community

EDGY's Take: The Hawks hit the road this week to take on the Ironmen.

23. Geneva (9-1) (25)

Last Week: Beat Oswego East, 36-19

This Week: @ Bradley

EDGY's Take: The Vikings will take on a Boilermaker team that is just very tough at home.

24. Benet Academy (8-2) (NR)

Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 21-14

This Week: @ Cary-Grove

EDGY's Take: The Redwings defense will be asked to slow down the Cary-Grove power running game.

25. Prairie Ridge (9-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Crystal Lake South, 56-12

This Week: vs. Lake Forest

EDGY's Take: The Wolves have been one of the most potent offenses in Chicagoland all season. 

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.
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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.