Edgy Tim's Top 25 Power Rankings: Week 8
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Be sure to check back each week as CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran's latest Top 25 Preps Power Rankings, featuring the best high school football teams in the area.
No. 25 Lemont (7-0) (NR)
Last Week: Beat TF South, 30-28
This Week: @ Tinley Park
EDGY's Take: The Indians overcome a slow start to beat TF South last Friday. QB Spencer Nagel has been a key for Lemont this season.
No. 24 Batavia (6-1) (25)
Last Week: Beat South Elgin, 49-21
This Week: vs Larkin
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs wind up the regular season with two good tests in Larkin and St. Charles North.
No. 23 Immaculate Conception (7-0) (24)
Last Week: Beat Wheaton Academy, 50-0
This Week: @ Glenbard South
EDGY's Take: Can Glenbard South provide a much needed test for the Knights this week?
No. 22 Oswego (7-0) (23)
Last Week: Beat Joliet Central, 63-14
This Week: @ Plainfield South
EDGY's Take: The Panthers running game is strong, led by RB Drew White.
No. 21 St. Charles East (7-0) (22)
Last Week: Beat Larkin, 55-15
This Week: @ Elgin
EDGY's Take: You do not want to draw this Saints team early on in Class 8A.
No. 20 Phillips (6-1) (21)
Last Week: Beat Raby, 51-14
This Week: vs Solorio @ Mandrake Park
EDGY's Take: Now the Wildcats and the rest of the CPL await the fate of the season on a potential teachers strike.
No. 19 Fenwick (6-1) (20)
Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 35-28
This Week: @ St. Francis
EDGY's Take: The Friars are also getting a big season from RB Connor Lillig.
No. 18 Bradley (7-0) (19)
Last Week: Beat Urbana, 45-7
This Week: vs Lincoln-Way East
EDGY's Take: The Boilermakers have beaten some big names this season. One of the biggest awaits on Friday.
No. 17 Cary-Grove (6-1) (18)
Last Week: Beat Crystal Lake South, 59-0
This Week: vs South Elgin
EDGY's Take: The Trojans always find a way to get better each week in the regular season.
No. 16 Oak Park-River Forest (6-1) (10)
Last Week: Lost to Glenbard West, 56-39
This Week: vs Lyons Township
EDGY's Take: The Huskies need to get their defense back on track hosting the Lions on Friday night.
No. 15 Glenbard North (5-2) (17)
Last Week: Beat Lake Park, 51-0
This Week: @ Metea Valley
EDGY's Take: The Panthers gear up for a final regular season push and landing a higher state playoff seed.
No. 14 Stevenson (6-1) (15)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 17-14
This Week: vs Waukegan
EDGY's Take: The Patriots also pull out a huge win last Friday over Lake Zurich.
No. 13 Naperville North (6-1) (16)
Last Week: Beat Naperville Central, 50-31
This Week: @ Waubonsie Valley
EDGY's Take: Beating rival Naperville Central and securing a state playoff spot in the same game? Doesn't come much better for Naperville North.
No. 12 Glenbard West (5-2) (14)
Last Week: Beat Oak Park-River Forest, 56-39
This Week: @ Proviso West
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers offense came to life in a huge win on Saturday over OPRF.
No. 11 Barrington (7-0) (12)
Last Week: Beat Hoffman Estates, 45-41
This Week: vs Palatine
EDGY's Take: The Broncos take on Palatine Friday and can the Barrington defense corral Palatine QB Zach Oles and company?
No. 10 Lyons Township (6-1) (8)
Last Week: Lost to Hinsdale Central, 28-21
This Week: @ Oak Park-River Forest
EDGY's Take: Can the Lions bounce back and beat the Huskies in Oak Park?
No. 9 Marist (6-1) (11)
Last Week: Beat Nazareth Academy, 44-14
This Week: vs Benet Academy
EDGY's Take: Huge ESCC showdown on Friday night.
No. 8 Hinsdale Central (7-0) (9)
Last Week: Beat Lyons Township, 28-21
This Week: vs Hinsdale South
EDGY's Take: Big road win at Lyons and senior QB Josh Bean (Columbia) can just do it all.
No. 7 Prairie Ridge (7-0) (7)
Last Week: Beat Hampshire, 61-6
This Week: @ Jacobs
EDGY's Take: The Wolves offense has been on fire all season long.
No. 6 Neuqua Valley (7-0) (6)
Last Week: Beat Wheaton North, 31-17
This Week: @ Lake Park
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats have run the table so far in the DuPage Valley Conference, which is a huge accomplishment.
No. 5 Lincoln-Way East (6-1) (5)
Last Week: Beat Sandburg, 64-14
This Week: @ Bradley
EDGY's Take: Big road test this week at Bradley.
No. 4 Palatine (7-0) (4)
Last Week: Beat Conant, 43-7
This Week: @ Barrington
EDGY's Take: The Mid Suburban West conference title game is this week in Barrington.
No. 3 Brother Rice (7-0) (3)
Last Week: Beat St. Joseph, 63-7
This Week: @ St. Rita
EDGY's Take: Can the Crusaders avoid looking ahead to Week 9? Rice will have plenty to deal with this week at St. Rita.
No. 2 Homewood-Flossmoor
Last Week: Beat Thornridge, 50-7
This Week: @ Thornton
EDGY's Take: Can the Vikings stay sharp heading towards the state playoffs?
No. 1 Loyola Academy (7-0) (1)
Last Week: Beat Leo, 51-8
This Week: vs Providence Catholic
EDGY's Take: In case you haven't noticed, the Ramblers defense is getting better each week.
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