Beth Long’s Super 25 football rankings

Lincoln-Way East's Mason Keenan (44) gives Homewood-Flossmoor's Justin Olokun (25) a stiff arm. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

With record and last week’s ranking

1. Lincoln-Way East (6-0) 1
Friday vs. Lockport

2. Prairie Ridge (6-0) 2
Friday at Hampshire

3. Maine South (5-1)  3
Friday vs. Glenbrook South

4. Phillips (6-0) 4
Friday vs. Raby

5. Loyola (5-1) 5
Saturday vs. Leo

6. Marist (6-0) 8
Friday vs. Nazareth

7. Glenbard West (5-1) 13
Saturday vs. Hinsdale Central

8. Homewood-Flossmoor (5-1) 7
Friday vs. Bradley-Bourbonnais

9. Lake Zurich (6-0) 9
Friday at Stevenson

10. Nazareth (6-0) 11
Friday at Marist

11. Barrington (6-0) 12
Saturday vs. Hoffman Estates

12. Lyons (5-1) 6
Friday at Downers Grove North

13. Batavia (6-0) 14
Friday vs. South Elgin

14. Stevenson (5-1) 15
Friday vs. Lake Zurich

15. Huntley (5-1) 16
Friday vs. Crystal Lake Central

16. Naperville Central (5-1) 10
Friday vs. Naperville North at North Central

17. St. Charles North (5-1) 17
Friday at Streamwood

18. Hinsdale Central (5-1) 19
Saturday at Glenbard West

19. Neuqua Valley (5-1) 18
Friday at Wheaton North

20. Hoffman Estates (6-0) 20
Saturday at Barrington

21. St. Charles East (4-2) 21
Friday vs. Larkin

22. South Elgin (6-0) 22
Friday at Batavia

23. Lincoln-Way Central (5-1) 23
Friday at Waubonsie Valley

24. Bolingbrook (5-1) 24
Friday vs. Thornridge

25. Notre Dame (5-1) 25
Friday at Marian Catholic



  • South Side Johnny

    SWSC – Strongest Conf in the state this year? LWE, HF, LWC & the Brook…All top 25!

  • Rhino70

    Go Hitters! Great game at LT! Another statement game this week at home vs. HC. Rise up Dark Side!

  • Mike E

    Notre Dame? You must be going by record alone and have not actually seen this team play at all this year.

  • Public Powerhouses

    This is “defacto bye week” for several Catholic Blye teams that play week ,tiny schools : Brother Rice plays St. Joseph (115 boys); St. Rita plays McNamara, 168 boys; and Loyola plays Leo, 129 boys.


      A) All public league teams play some soft teams throughout the year (Naperville Central played Metea Valley; Stevenson will play Waukegan; Lincoln-Way East gets to play Sandburg, Lockport, and Thornwood; the list goes on). Yes, there is a week where all the Blue teams play a crossover game against teams in the other CCL subdivisions, and sometimes those teams aren’t as strong. My question to you is, so what? The CCL has to schedule those crossover games because otherwise it would be impossible for teams in any CCL division to have a full season.
      B) At least those of us whose parent’s sacrificed to pay for us to be educated and graduate from those CCL schools were taught the difference between “WEEK” and “WEAK.”

  • SWSC Fan

    Bolingbrook should be ranked way higher. They beat St. Charles North.

  • Bri

    Southwest Prairie. Would you agree that this conference is totally ignored due to the fact that they only play games within the conference? I fully understand that this is not one of the states “power” conferences, but there are a few solid teams there. They may not all light up the scoreboard, but there are several very good defenses.

  • Hawk Yeah!

    Come Quarter-Finals, or at the very least Semi-Finals, football games should be played in a neutral larger football stadium than most high schools have the capacity for. At that point, no high school should have a home field advantage. There’s no way IHSA can determine one h.s. is better than the other at that point. LA is an example of a team that consistently receives the home field based on their record and who they played in regular season, The CCL Blue has consistently been regarded as “strength of schedule” fallacies.

    • Hawk Yeah!

      I will also state that LA’s field is one that lacks capacity come Quarter Finals/ Semi-Finals.

      • AMDG

        Huh? LA was in the road the last two Semis against Palatine and GW, both years with an undefeated record.

          • Hawk Yeah!

            AMDG if they were on the road, it was due to another quirky IHSA rule where you can’t play two in a row at home. Another rule that should go away as top seeds will always play at home 1st against weak opponents, as the weeks go on, the 2 game factor comes into play and middle of the pack seeds end up getting a better scenario having – as you said- LA come play them at their place. Another reason why quarter/Semis should be put into a larger neutral football stadium.

  • Batavia

    Couldn’t agree more. It’s not fair to either team. Watched batavia post 49 in the first half vs Streamwood. It was demoralizing, embarrassing and dangerous. Something needs to change. Biggest benefit would be continued participation in the game by kids not wanting to be destroyed.

  • Ralphie

    Glenbard West Hinsdale Central this Saturday at Duchon Field. Should be interesting.

  • Vern

    @public powerhouses. How is Loyola gaming the system? Any catholic league crossover game LA wins by 40 plus. They’ll probably have be playing their sophs midway through the first half anyways. LWE is going to have more playoff points by running the table unless they have a hiccup vs the brook.

  • Public Powerhouses

    Loyola should not be playing a tiny school like Leo. The Catholic Blue teams game the IHSA system which gives awards equally for any win. Moreover, beating a weak opponent that has several wins over other weak opponents results in more playoff points for opponents wins to be awarded to teams like Loyola that game the system. This week, LWE plays Lockport which has the same 1-5 record as Leo but is probably 3 or 4 TDs better than Leo.Both Loyola and LWE will be awarded the same 1 playoff point for beating a 1-5 team.I repeat, Loyola is gaming the system.

    • HS football fan

      @ public powerhouses. Stop whining you baby. The CCL blue’s non-conference schedule is no different than any other team that plays in a tough conference. How many good public schools even want to put a Blue team on their schedule? What is your point anyway? Loyola consistently plays for the conference title every year. They play out of state opponents every year. If anything they are looking for better competition.

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