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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 6

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 6

1. Homewood-Flossmoor (5-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat Lockport, 48-0

This Week: @ Joliet West

EDGY's Take: At what point do Vikings fans begin to wonder if, and when, this team will be tested? 

2. Mount Carmel (5-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat DeLaSalle, 63-0

This Week: @ Brother Rice

EDGY's Take: The Caravan defense will get a test on the road this week against pass-happy Brother Rice. 

3. Glenbard West (5-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Lyons Township, 35-0

This Week: vs Hinsdale Central

EDGY's Take: Senior RB Sam Brodner can make a 7-yard run look spectacular. 

4. Loyola Academy (5-0) (4)

Last Week: Beat St. Ignatius, 35-7

This Week: @ Providence Catholic

EDGY's Take: Could this be a trap game on the road Friday night against the Celtics, who are fighting to get back to .500?

5. Libertyville (5-0) (5)

Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 35-7

This Week: vs Lake Zurich

EDGY's Take: QB Riley Lees gets the hype (and deservedly so) yet the Wildcats defense also is a real strength this fall.

6. Joliet Catholic (5-0) (6)

Last Week: Beat Marian Central Catholic, 41-3

This Week: @ Marian Catholic

EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers have been making it look pretty easy so far in 2015. 

7. Montini Catholic (5-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Leo, 41-0

This Week: @ St. Joseph

EDGY's Take: The Broncos also have been cruising, and the defense is taking shape nicely. 

8. Phillips (5-0) (8)

Last Week: Beat Vocational, 62-0

This Week: vs King

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats led Vocational 62-0 at halftime. 

9. Naperville Central (4-1) (10)

Last Week: Beat Wheaton South, 20-8

This Week: @ Batavia

EDGY's Take: Hands down one of the most intriguing non-conference matchups all season here. The Redhawks will walk into a hostile Dawg Pound on Friday night.

10. Neuqua Valley (4-1) (11)

Last Week: Beat Bartlett, 21-7

This Week: vs Naperville North

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats just get the job done week in and week out.

11. Hinsdale Central (5-0) (13)

Last Week: Beat Proviso West, 48-7

This Week: @ Glenbard West

EDGY's Take: No question this week presents the Red Devils' biggest challenge of the 2015 season on the road at Duchon Field.

12. Oak Park-River Forest (5-0) (14)

Last Week: Beat Downers Grove North, 44-20

This Week: @ York

EDGY's Take: The Huskies can beat teams with the pass and the run, and senior RB Antonio Cannon leads a deep group of running backs.

13. Lincoln-Way East (4-1) (15)

Last Week: Beat Bolingbrook, 28-0

This Week: vs. Lockport

EDGY's Take: The Griffins defense has been strong all season, including last Friday's 28-0 win over Bolingbrook, holding the Raiders to just 55 rushing yards. 

14. Stevenson (3-2) (9)

Last Week: Lost to Libertyville, 35-7

This Week: @ Warren Township

EDGY's Take: The Patriots just couldn't get their offense in full gear in Friday's loss to Libertyville. That will need to change this week against the Blue Devils on the road.

15. Batavia (5-0) (16)

Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 48-28

This Week: vs Naperville Central

EDGY's Take: While the annual rivalry game against Geneva is always huge in Batavia, this week against Naperville Central will come pretty close to matching that excitement.

16. Barrington (5-0 ) (18)

Last Week: Beat Schaumburg, 35-28

This Week: @ Conant

EDGY's Take: The Broncos will get a huge test this week on the road against the surging Cougars.

17. Huntey (5-0) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Cary-Grove, 29-8

This Week: vs Jacobs

EDGY's Take: Huntley beat Cary-Grove for the first time in school history at the varsity level. Time to get back to work against Jacobs (5-0) this week.

18. Oswego (4-1) (20)

Last Week: Beat Romeoville, 50-14

This Week: vs Oswego East

EDGY's Take: The Panthers won their 31st straight Southwest Prairie conference game last Friday over Romeoville.

19. Simeon (3-2) (21)

Last Week: Beat Curie, 33-21

This Week: vs North Lawndale

EDGY's Take: The Wolverines needed to come from behind to beat Curie as QB Dakota Turner threw four touchdown passes in the win.

20. New Trier (5-0) (23)

Last Week: Beat Evanston, 14-12

This Week: vs Waukegan

EDGY's Take: The Trevians win the 106th meeting with Evanston and now set their sights on ending The Streak soon.

21. Brother Rice (4-2) (25)

Last Week: Beat St. Laurence, 52-35

This Week: vs Mount Carmel

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders will look to upset rival Mount Carmel on Friday night. Expect a packed house at Brother Rice.

22. Nazareth Academy (4-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Marian Catholic, 49-7

This Week: vs Benet Academy

EDGY's Take: The Road Runners will get another big test this week hosting Benet Academy. Senior RB Ivory Kelly-Martin is having an All-State caliber season.

23. Glenbard North (3-2) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 46-6

This Week: @ Wheaton North

EDGY's Take: The Panthers have bounced back well since starting the season at 0-2. Junior RB Vittorio Tricase is a name you need to know.

24. Cary-Grove (4-1) (19)

Last Week: Lost to Huntley, 29-8

This Week: @ McHenry

EDGY's Take: The Trojans will go back to work this week after a tough loss last Friday to Huntley. 

25. Conant (5-0) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Fremd, 26-17

This Week: vs Barrington

EDGY's Take: The Cougars go back to the running game to upset Fremd last Friday night. Beware of this Conant team, folks.

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.