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Top 20 Rankings, Playoffs - Semifinals

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Top 20 Rankings, Playoffs - Semifinals

1 Lincoln-Way East (12-0)
Last Week (Ranked 3): Defeated Edwardsville 40-10
Next Game: 7A Playoffs at Benet
PrepsTalk: NIU recruit Tom Fuessel sprinted past Edwardsville to the tune of 263 yards and three scores. Sean Doherty's 25-yard INT-TD was the cherry on top of a successful Griffins defensive effort.

2 Glenbard West (12-0)
Last Week (Ranked 2): Defeated Wheaton North 3-0
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Lake Zurich
PrepsTalk: It was all defense on a muddy field in Glen Ellyn. Joe Marconi picked off two passes and Charlie Sweeny added another to seal the win. Hayden Lekacz was the offensive showcase (32-yard FG).

3 Loyola (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 4): Defeated Palatine 19-7
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Glenbard North
PrepsTalk: Linebacker Cody Sullivan dominated the game. His three interceptions helped shut down a once-dominant Palatine offense. A Danny Rafferty pick also led to an early Ramblers score.

4 Mount Carmel (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 6): Defeated Lyons 45-10
Next Game: 8A Playoffs at Neuqua Valley
PrepsTalk: The option attack, fueled by QB Don Butkus and running backs Matt Domer and Draco Smith, paved the way. A 10-10 game was broken open by a trio of Lyons turnovers which led to MTC points.

5 Crete-Monee (12-0)
Last Week (Ranked 7): Defeated Ottawa 42-6
Next Game: 6A Playoffs at Lemont
PrepsTalk: The Warriors defense produced three sacks, three fumbles and limited Illinois-bound Miguel Hermasillo from reaching the end zone. Laquon Treadwell had two scores for C-M.

6 Neuqua Valley (12-0)
Last Week (Ranked 9): Defeated Waubonsie Valley 23-20
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Mount Carmel
PrepsTalk: Ryan Mulhern's 20-yard field goal was the difference in another heart-stopping Neuqua-Waubonsie tilt. Joey Rhattigan: 41 carries, 278 yards and three touchdowns.

7 Glenbard North (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 12): Defeated Maine South 29-23
Next Game: 8A Playoffs at Loyola
PrepsTalk: Panthers workhorse Justin Jackson rushed 36 times for 212 yards and four touchdowns. The defense was also able to limit the damage by Northwestern-bound QB Matt Alviti.

8 Maine South (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 1): Lost to Glenbard North 29-23
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: Matt Alviti accumulated 227 yards (115 passing), but the defense could not hold Justin Jackson. The Hawks had the ball late, but could not convert on a fourth down in GBN territory.

9 Cary-Grove (12-0)
Last Week (Ranked 10): Defeated Crystal Lake Central 7-0
Next Game: 6A Playoffs at Lake Forest
PrepsTalk: Ryan Mahoney's eight-yard run to the end zone just before halftime was all the Trojans would need. Cary-Grove's defense stopped multiple Central attacks in C-G's territory.

10 Benet (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 14): Defeated Downers Grove North 26-24
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Lincoln-Way East
PrepsTalk: Another dramatic win for the Redwings, this time it came on a Jack Beneventi five-yard TD pass to Jack Toner with no time left. Beneventi: 26-42, 236 yards, two TDs.

11 Waubonsie Valley (10-2)
Last Week (Ranked 11): Lost to Neuqua Valley 23-20
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: Austin Guido rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown, but the Warriors could not stave off a late Neuqua drive and a late field goal. Demario Webb also scored for Waubonsie.

12 Lemont (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 15): Defeated Oak Forest 21-14
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. Crete-Monee
PrepsTalk: Running back Christos Giatras simply owned the game. He tallied 119 yards and all three of Lemont's touchdowns. The defense kept a potent Oak Forest offense in check.

13 Wheaton North (10-2)
Last Week (Ranked 13): Lost to Glenbard West 3-0
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: Quarterback John Peltz tossed three interceptions and the rushing attack could never get going on a rain-soaked field. The Falcons missed a field goal attempt in the first half.

14 Montini (10-2)
Last Week (Ranked 18): Defeated Marian Central Catholic 42-27
Next Game: 5A Playoffs at Joliet Catholic
PrepsTalk: Mark Gorogianis had the game of his life Saturday, rushing for 240 yards and five touchdowns on only eight carries. The Broncos defeated MCC in the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

15 Lake Zurich (10-2)
Last Week (Ranked 19): Defeated Boylan 21-6
Next Game: 7A Playoffs at Glenbard West
PrepsTalk: The Bears put a stop to a 39-game Boylan winning streak, thanks to two Noah Allgood touchdown passes and a 55-yard run to paydirt from Sean Lynch.

16 Morris (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 17): Defeated Washington 28-27 (OT)
Next Game: 5A Playoffs vs. Sacred Heart-Griffin
PrepsTalk: The Redskins erased a late 14-point deficit in 49 seconds (Zach Cinnamon and Collin Grogan TDs). Fernando Del Toro's extra point after a Cinnamon TD sealed the win in OT.

17 Palatine (10-2)
Last Week (Ranked 8): Lost to Loyola 19-7
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: Quarterback Ethan Olles could not get anything going against Loyola, throwing four interceptions. Palatine's lone score came on a 47-yard punt return TD by Cam Kuksa.

18 Marian Central Catholic (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 5): Lost to Montini 42-27
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: Minnesota-bound quarterback Chris Streveler racked up 360 yards of offense (251 passing) and three touchdowns, but the Hurricanes fell victim to Montini. Again.

19 Lake Forest (9-3)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Notre Dame 31-19.
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. Cary-Grove
PrepsTalk: How about the game for Trent Williams-- 6 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Andrew Clifford found Nick Giordono on two TD receptions; Stephen Cirame had two rushing TDs.

20 Joliet Catholic (8-4)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Lincoln-Way West 21-20 (OT)
Next Game: 5A Playoffs vs. Montini
PrepsTalk: Michael Ivlow produced the game-winning touchdown run in overtime and Zach Rezin saved the game with a tackle on a two-point conversion attempt. Ty Isaac: 178 yards, two TDs.

Looming and Lurking: Aurora Christian, Evergreen Park, Oak Forest, Lyons, Notre Dame, Brooks, Downers Grove North, Crystal Lake Central, Lincoln-Way West, Kaneland, Bolingbrook, Providence, Lakes, Richards, Coal City, Wilmington, Simeon.

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High School Lites Football Roundup Week 5

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NBC SPORTS CHICAGO

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 5

High School Lites is back with an action-packed Week 5 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

DRIVE: Batavia (episode 5)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: South Elgin football

VIEWER'S CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Oswego East beats Plainfield South 29-0

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Vinnie Panico

FRIDAY'S TOP 25 SCORES:

(1) Lincoln-Way East 38, Lincoln-Way Central 0

(2) Nazareth Academy 45, Benet Academy 7

(3) Batavia 41, Wheaton South 20

(4) Homewood-Flossmoor 28 Lincoln-Way West, 14

(5) Brother Rice 20 Providence Catholic, 0

Lake Zurich 23, (6) Stevenson 20

(7) Mount Carmel 28, Marmion Academy 7

(9) Simeon 48, Perspectives 13

(10) Marist 42, Joliet Catholic 6

(11) Loyola-Academy 21, St. Ignatius 14 (OT)

(12) Maine South 21, (16) Evanston 13

(13) Oswego 49. Plainfield East 0

(15) Richards 50, Shepard 14

(17) Phillips 49, Morgan Park 0

Conant 21, (18) Barrington 12

(19) Willowbrook 20, Hinsdale South 10

(20) Naperville Central 56, Metea Valley 13

(21) Bolingbrook 35, Bradley-Bourbonnais 13

(22) Montini 29, St. Rita 13

(24) New Trier 59, Niles West 0

(25) Hillcrest 27, Lemont 7

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Kenwood 46, Back of the Yards 6

Notre Dame 45, Marian Central Catholic 6

Warren 24, Lake Forest 10

Curie 13, Hubbard 6

SATURDAY'S TOP 25 GAMES

Dundee-Crown at (8) Cary-Grove

Downers Grove North at (14) Glenbard West 

York at (23) Hinsdale Central 

Week 3 NFL picks: Over 90 percent of experts pick Bears to defeat Cardinals

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USA TODAY

Week 3 NFL picks: Over 90 percent of experts pick Bears to defeat Cardinals

The Bears aren’t going to take the Arizona Cardinals lightly on Sunday, but Chicago isn’t expected to have too much trouble with their Week 3 opponent.

The Cardinals have scored six points through two games, shutout last week against the Los Angeles Rams. Quarterback Sam Bradford has struggled and his offensive line has been a big reason for it, making another favorable matchup for Khalil Mack to continue his strong start.

Few experts expect the Cardinals to pull off the upset, with over 90 percent of NFL prognosticators picking the Bears to win, according to NFL Pick Watch.

Analysts from CBS and MMQB as well as the analytics from FiveThirtyEight are picking against Chicago this week, while every Pro Football Focus analyst picked the Bears across the board.

The Cardinals are nearly touchdown underdogs by Las Vegas betting lines, and sportsbooks see the game as one of the lowest-scoring matchups of the weekend.

Arizona hasn’t had much offensive success this season, but with talent like David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, an upset is only ever a few plays away. The Cardinals defense has done well in spite of the team’s struggles, and this game won’t be a walk in the park for the Bears on the road.