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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 13

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 13

1. Loyola Academy (12-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat H-F, 34-28

This Week: @ Palatine

EDGY's Take: The Ramblers pull out the win over H-F to advance. Can the Ramblers beat upstart Palatine on the road?

2. Glenbard West (12-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat Auburn, 45-14

This Week: vs Cary-Grove

EDGY's Take: You'll be hard pressed to find a more physical game in the semifinals than this Saturday at Duchon Field.

3. Libertyville (12-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Normal Community, 41-27

This Week: @ Bradley

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats hit the road to take on the surging Boilermakers in Bradley. 

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (10-2) (4)

Last Week: Lost to Loyola Academy, 34-28

This Week: Season completed

EDGY's Take: The Vikings graduate a ton from the 2015 team yet H-F can also reload as well as anyone in Illinois.

5. Montini Catholic (12-0) (5)

Last Week: Beat DeKalb, 49-14

This Week: vs Prairie Ridge

EDGY's Take: The Broncos will now get a huge test at home on Saturday against the Wolves.

6. Nazareth Academy (10-2) (10)

Last Week: Beat Joliet Catholic, 35-21

This Week: @ St. Laurence

EDGY's Take: Good things happen when Notre Dame commit ATH Julian Love gets as many touches as possible. 

7. Phillips (12-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Geneseo, 24-7

This Week: vs. Marengo

EDGY's Take: Phillips gets a big emotional win over Geneseo but will now need to focus heavily on beating Marnego at Gately Stadium.

8. Cary-Grove (11-1) (14)

Last Week: Beat Batavia, 42-21

This Week: @ Glenbard West

EDGY's Take: Talk about a battle of two heavyweight programs this week. Can the Trojans run the ball against the Hitters?

9. Palatine (10-2) (17)

Last Week: Beat Brother Rice, 28-24

This Week: vs Loyola Academy

EDGY's Take: Down 17-0 only to rally and win 28-24 over Brother Rice? These Pirates just never say die. 

10. Waubonsie Valley (8-4) (24)

Last Week: Beat Naperville Central, 17-0

This Week: @ Marist

EDGY's Take: The Warriors just ground and pound rival Naperville Central out of the state playoffs. 

11. Marist (8-4) (23)

Last Week: Beat Oswego, 38-35

This Week: vs Waubonsie Valley

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks now host Waubonsie Valley in the semifinals. Did anyone outside of these two schools see this coming?

12. Prairie Ridge (11-1) (17)

Last Week: Beat Riverside-Brookfield, 42-13

This Week: @  Montini Catholic

EDGY's Take: The Wolves advance beating R-B but will need to clean up the turnovers and penalties this week.

13. Naperville Central (10-2) (6)

Last Week: Lost to Waubonsie Valley, 17-0

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks only two losses came at the hands of the Warriors in 2015.  

14. Brother Rice (10-2) (8)

Last Week: Lost to Palatine, 28-24

This Week: CCL Playoffs

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders will reload for 2016 starting with WR Ricky Smalling. Plenty of talent still remains at Rice. 

15. Joliet Catholic (10-2) (9)

Last Week: Lost to Nazareth Academy, 35-21

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers just couldn't avoid the turnover monster to end the season. 

16. Batavia (10-2) (11)

Last Week: Lost to Cary-Grove, 42-21

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs are another program that will just reload for 2016.

17. Mount Carmel (8-3) (12)

Last Week: CCL Playoffs

This Week: CCL Playoffs

EDGY's Take: The Caravan have plenty of names to watch in 2016 including sophomore QB/DB Houston Griffith.

18. Lincoln-Way East  (8-3) (13)

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: With the closing of LW North, the 2016 Griffins could be a monster 8A program to watch. 

19. Hinsdale South (9-3) (22)

Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way North, 42-35

This Week: vs Crete-Monee

EDGY's Take: The balance on offense has been the real story for the Hornets. Hinsdale South is just very tough to defend  this post-season.

20. Bradley (9-3) (21)

Last Week: Beat Niles North, 28-17

This Week: vs Libertyville

EDGY's Take: Take away the passing game and the Boilermakers running game is more than ready. 

21. Crete-Monee (10-2) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Sacred Heart Griffin, 38-35

This Week: @ Hinsdale South

EDGY's Take: Was the 38-35 win over SHG the biggest non-state championship win in Crete-Monee program history?

22. Oswego (9-3) (18)

Last Week: Lost to Marist, 38-35

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Panthers will graduate a terrific senior class in the spring.

23. Lincoln-Way West (11-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Peoria, 40-13

This Week: @ Champaign Central

EDGY's Take: The Warriors running game led by senior RB Gabe Montalvo is legit. 

24. Lincoln-Way North (11-1) (15)

Last Week: Lost to Hinsdale South, 42-35

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Phoenix never quit and played hard on every down in it's loss to Hinsdale South. Still hard to believe this was the last football game ever for this school. 

25. Oak Park-River Forest (9-2) (19)

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Huskies have been a consistent winner under John Hoerster.

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.