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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 2

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 2

1. Homewood-Flossmoor (1-0) (1)
Last Week: Beat Downers Grove South, 56-15
This Week: @ Stevenson
EDGY's Take: One rival coach called the Vikings, "The Machine."

2. Mount Carmel (1-0) (2)
Last Week: Beat Marist, 21-14
This Week: vs. Morgan Park
EDGY's Take: The Caravan find a way to slow down a very potent Marist offense to get the win.

3. Glenbard West (1-0) (3)
Last Week: Beat Bolingbrook, 28-7
This Week: vs. Hinsdale South
EDGY's Take: West handles the muddy conditions for the win over Bolingbrook on Saturday.

4. Naperville Central 1-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 13-12
This Week: vs. Neuqua Valley
EDGY's Take: I have a feeling the Redhawks will need to win more tight games in the DuPage Valley conference this fall.

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5. Stevenson (1-0) (6)
Last Week: Beat Palatine 26-24
This Week: vs. Homewood-Flossmoor
EDGY's Take: The Patriots will need to ramp things up this week against top ranked H-F.

6. Nazareth Academy 1-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Bloomington, 34-6
This Week: vs. Leo
EDGY's Take: The Road Runners take care of business in Bloomington.

7. Libertyville (1-0) (8)
Last Week: Beat Elk Grove, 55-28
This Week: @ Lake Forest Academy
EDGY's Take: QB Riley Lees accounted for 454 yards of offense and six touchdowns against Elk Grove.

8. Phillips 1-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Fenwick, 40-16
This Week: @ Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will travel to Carmel to challenge the Corsairs’ option offense up close. It's the offense of choice of several 4A state playoff programs.

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9. Loyola Academy (1-0) (11)
Last Week: Beat Marquette, Wisc, 35-0
This Week: @ Maine South
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers defense will need to contend with the “Wall of Park Ridge” this week.

10. Joliet Catholic Academy 1-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 35-13
This Week: vs. Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers will win several games this fall.

11. Montini Catholic (1-0) (14)
Last Week: Beat Maine South, 20-17
This Week: @ East St. Louis
EDGY's Take: The Broncos might have one of the state's fastest and most explosive shotgun read option offenses in 2015.

12. Hinsdale Central 1-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat O'Fallon, 41-14
This Week: vs. Downers Grove South
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils defense contained one of the state's best running backs in O'Fallon's Kentrail Moran.

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13. Oak Park-River Forest 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way East, 41-14
This Week: @ Addison Trail
EDGY's Take: Keep an eye on Huskies junior QB Jeremy Hunt.

14. Lincoln-Way East (0-1) (8)
Last Week: Lost to Oak Park-River Forest, 14-13
This Week: vs. Lincoln Park
EDGY's Take: The Griffins will go back to work this week and will undoubtedly see better days this fall.

15. Simeon (0-1) (4)
Last Week: Lost to East St. Louis, 28-21
This Week: @ Greenville, Miss.
EDGY's Take: The Wolverines had a 21-6 halftime lead but couldn't answer 22 straight second half points by the Flyers.

16. Wheaton South 1-0 (17)
Last Week: Beat Wheaton North, 10-7 2-OT
This Week: @ Lake Park
EDGY's Take: The Tigers needed double overtime to hold off rival Wheaton North.

17. Batavia 1-0 (20)
Last Week: Beat Oswego, 36-28
This Week: vs South Elgin
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs went toe-to-toe and down to the wire in a thrilling win over Oswego.

18. Lincoln-Way West (1-0) (21)
Last Week: Beat Sycamore, 35-31
This Week: @ Bloom Township
EDGY's Take: Who’da thunk that West and Sycamore would become a rivalry game?

19. Providence Catholic 0-1 (12)
Last Week: Lost to Joliet Catholic, 35-13
This Week: @ Oswego
EDGY's Take: The Celtics are still a work in progress; that progress will need to be sped up Friday in Oswego.

20. Glenbard North (0-1) (15)
Last Week: Lost to Naperville Central, 13-12
This Week: @ Waubonsie Valley
EDGY's Take: The Panthers will be just fine. Trust me, kids.

21. Barrington 1-0 (23)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook South, 50-23
This Week: @ Hersey
EDGY's Take: The Broncos and senior QB Johnny Davidson come out of the gates strong in beating the Titans.

22. Brother Rice (1-0) (NR)
Last Week: Beat Brother Rice (Mich), 56-20
This Week: @ Crete-Monee
EDGY's Take: Huge win for the Crusaders against a traditional power from Michigan.

23. Maine South 0-1 (18)
Last Week: Lost to Montini Catholic, 20-17
This Week: vs. Loyola Academy
EDGY's Take: The Hawks left side of the offensive line with Liam O'Sullivan and junior Kevin Jarvis is now the “Wall of Park Ridge.” If the Hawks can clean up a few things, beware.

24. Neuqua Valley (1-0) (25)
Last Week: Beat Metea Valley, 38-14
This Week: @ Naperville Central
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats have one of the state's better receiver groups.

25. Lemont 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield South, 21-6
This Week: @ Danville
EDGY's Take: The Indians defense is a real strength this season.

VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school football followers. 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 11:00 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive and appears in the MyTeams app.  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. 

For the regular season football finale, it's all about "Bubble Week." We're featuring games with teams who are fighting to reach the playoffs. For some, a win means a playoff berth. Which game deserves our coverage Friday night? Sandwich is looking for their first playoff berth since 2013. A win gets them in. Same goes for St. Laurence. Can they win on the road at De La Salle? And how about the Leo-Marian Catholic game? The winner not only clinches a playoff berth but a conference championship.

Sandwich (4-4) at Morris (6-2), 7:00 p.m.

Leo (3-5) at Marian Catholic (4-4), 7:30 p.m.

St. Laurence (4-4) at De La Salle (3-5), 7:30 p.m.

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

**Follow our NBC Sports Chicago preps Twitter page: @NBCSPreps.

**Note the pinned tweet that is atop the feed.

**Vote for the game you want NBC Sports Chicago to cover Friday night.

**Spread the word!

The poll will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Monday. We will make an announcement with the official results on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday. 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, all season long.

Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week 8

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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week 8

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings as teams embark on the final week of the regular season.

1. Lincoln-Way East 8-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Sandburg, 40-0
This Week: vs Lincoln-Way West
EDGY's Take: The Griffins are aiming for a win against the Warriors this Friday. Will a top-see in Class 8A come their way Saturday night?

2. Mount Carmel 8-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat St. Viator, 37-7
This Week: vs Brother Rice
EDGY's Take: The Caravan pounced on four St. Viator turnovers in the first half. Mt. Carmel now gets one final conference test before the playoffs.

3. Nazareth Academy 8-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Notre Dame, 21-0
This Week: @ Benet Academy
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners' defense was spectacular Friday en route to a 21-0 shutout in Niles.

4. Loyola Academy 6-2 (4)
Last Week: Beat Marian Central Catholic, 52-0
This Week: vs Marist
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers' offense has averaged nearly 48 points per game since a Week 4 loss at Mount Carmel. 

5. Warren Township 8-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 37-0
This Week: vs Mundelein
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils defense has posted four shutouts and has allowed just 21 points all season.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 7-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Bolingbrook, 14-13
This Week: vs Lincoln-Way Central
EDGY's Take: The Vikings hang on and get a rivalry win over Bolingbrook.

7. Glenbard West 8-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Hinsdale Central, 20-17 OT
This Week: @ Oak Park-River Forest
EDGY's Take: The Hitters' defense held Hinsdale Central to an overtime field goal; the running game did the rest in the extra session.

8. Neuqua Valley 7-1 (11)
Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 45-14
This Week: @ Metea Valley
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats win its first outright Dupage Valley conference title in school history.

9. Hersey 8-0 (12)
Last Week: Beat Elk Grove, 56-21
This Week: vs Rolling Meadows
EDGY's Take: The Huskies will now gear up for rival Rolling Meadows. It should be a terrific Mid-Suburban East title game.

10. Hinsdale Central 7-1 (9)
Last Week: Lost to Glenbard West, 20-17 OT
This Week: vs Lyons
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils have a lot to look forward to in the postseason, including the development of junior QB Michael Brescia.

11. Notre Dame 7-1 (8)
Last Week: Lost to Nazareth Academy, 21-0
This Week: @ St. Rita
EDGY's Take: How long will the Dons be without senior RB Julian Schurr? 
  
12. Bolingbrook 6-2 (10)
Last Week: Lost to H-F, 21-0
This Week: vs Andrew
EDGY's Take: Do not sleep on the Raiders this postseason. Bolingbrook's two losses were to Lincoln-Way East and H-F . The Raiders showed they can play with elite-level programs.

13. Minooka 8-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat West Aurora, 27-13
This Week: @ Oswego
EDGY's Take: It'll be another battle of undefeateds when Minooka clashes with Oswego. The Southwest Prairie West conference title hangs in the balance. 

14. Oswego 8-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Yorkville, 28-20
This Week: vs Minooka
EDGY's Take: Oswego will seek to win its 9th straight Southwest Prairie conference title. 

15. Maine South 6-2 (15)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook South, 28-13
This Week: @ New Trier
EDGY's Take: The Hawks always get up for rival New Trier. The Trevians will be fighting for their playoff lives.

16. Batavia 6-2 (17)
Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 27-26
This Week: vs Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs always seem to find secure wins after trailing. RB Art Taylor carried the load in the victory. How long will it take for RB/LB Quinn Urwlier to return?

17. Hillcrest 7-1 (18)
Last Week: Beat Lemont, 32-26
This Week: vs T.F. North
EDGY's Take: RB Mar'Kiese Irving carried the Hawks to an impressive road win. Look for Hillcrest to be a very dangerous team to watch in Class 5A. 

18. Willowbrook 7-1 (19)
Last Week: Beat Morton, 44-0
This Week: vs Proviso East
EDGY's Take: The Warriors get a nice Week 9 test when upstart Proviso East comes calling with the West Suburban Gold title up for grabs.

19. Huntley 7-1 (20)
Last Week: Beat Burlington Central, 63-13
This Week: @ Dundee-Crown
EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders defensive line continues to draw rave reviews from fans and observers across the Fox Valley.

20. Montini 6-2 (21)
Last Week: Beat De La Salle, 42-0
This Week: vs Providence Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Broncos will look to secure a higher playoff seed with. A win on Friday against a strong Providence Catholic would go a long way.

21. Prairie Ridge 7-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Cary-Grove, 42-7
This Week: vs Crystal Lake South
EDGY's Take: The Wolves have all the ingredients to make a very deep run in Class 6A.

22. Fremd 6-2 (22)
Last Week: Beat Conant, 20-12
This Week: vs Hoffman Estates
EDGY's Take: The Vikings just find a way. They secured the Mid-Suburban West conference title in their victory over the Cougars.

23. Crete-Monee 8-0 (23)
Last Week: Beat Bloom, 56-6
This Week: vs Thornridge
EDGY's Take: The Warriors got another huge game from senior QB Trayvon Rudolph in the win over Bloom.

24. St. Charles East 6-2 (16)
Last Week: Lost to Wheaton North, 24-19
This Week: @ Lake Park
EDGY's Take: The Saints look to rebound this week after the loss to Wheaton North on Friday.

25. Rolling Meadows 8-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Wheeling, 63-14
This Week: @ Hersey
EDGY's Take: The Mustangs have received a huge season from Ball State verbal commit OL/DL Nate Pedraza.