Super 25 football rankings for Week 8: Marist returns to top ten

Oct. 8, 2018 6:37 p.m.

The biggest game of Week 7 delivered a big-time upset that shakes up the Super 25 entering Week 8. Marist (6-1, 5-0) defeated Nazareth (6-1, 4-1) 34-13 in a marquee East Suburban Catholic matchup that leapfrogged the Redhawks ahead of the Roadrunners in the rankings for the first time since the opening week of the season.

Marist has been steadily rising up the rankings since it dropped from No. 5 to No. 18 following a Week 1 loss to Brother Rice. The team is now up to No. 9 following its sixth consecutive win, one spot ahead of Nazareth, which narrowly hangs onto its spot in the top 10.

Elsewhere in the rankings, Oswego East (6-1, 6-1) lost big in a pivotal Southwest Prairie matchup against rival Oswego (7-0, 7-0), but remains in the No. 16 spot given the difficulty of the matchup. The Wolves will have a chance to get back on track with a home game against Plainfield Central (1-7, 1-7) on Friday.

With record and last week’s ranking

1. Lincoln-Way East (7-0) 1
Thursday at Thornwood

2. Batavia (7-0) 2
Friday vs. St. Charles North

3. Oswego (7-0) 4
Friday vs. Joliet Central

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (6-1) 5
Friday vs. Andrew

5. Simeon (7-0) 6
Saturday at Taft

6. Brother Rice (7-0) 7
Friday vs. Leo

7. Maine South (6-1) 8
Friday vs. New Trier

8. Glenbard West (6-1) 9
Saturday vs Oak Park-River Forest

9. Marist (6-1) 12
Friday vs. Marian Central

10. Nazareth (6-1) 3
Friday vs. Joliet Catholic

11. Mount Carmel (6-1) 10
Friday vs. St. Laurence

12. Richards (7-0) 11
Friday at Reavis

13. Cary-Grove (7-0) 13
Friday at No. 20 Prairie Ridge

14. Montini (7-0) 14
Friday at Providence Catholic

15. Willowbrook (7-0) 15
Friday at Proviso East

16. Oswego East (6-1) 16
Friday vs. Plainfield Central

17. Phillips (5-2) 19
Friday vs. Westinghouse

18. Glenbard East (7-0) 18
Friday at Glenbard South

19. Wheaton-Warrenville South (6-1) 19
Friday at Glenbard North

20. Prairie Ridge (6-1) 20
Friday vs. No. 13 Cary-Grove

21. Bolingbrook (6-1) 22
Friday vs. Thornton

22. IC Catholic (7-0) 23
Friday vs. St. Francis

23. Hinsdale Central (5-2) 21
Friday at Lyons

24. Hillcrest (7-0) 24
Friday at TF North

25. Rolling Meadows (7-0) 25
Friday vs. Hersey

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  • Craig Gernhardt

    Warren Township is underrated.

    Watch out for this tough as nails defense.

  • John B

    Notre Dame should be ranked, but their schedule has been easy. They had 2 easy non conference games and don’t have to play Nazareth. Marist had a bad game and still beat them at ND. I don’t think ND would beat Nazareth.

  • Cornelius

    Should have dropped Naz farther. One okay win isn’t enough. When we thought Benet and Lake Zurich were good Naz seemed great. Now we know better.

  • Common Sense

    ND is a top 10 team in Illinois. Ty Gavin is the best football player in Illinois. Their defense also is a top 5 unit in the state. It’s shocking how Notre Dame isn’t a top 10 rank and Ty Gavin dosen’t have 30 offers.

  • NDdons

    How are the Notre Dame Dons not ranked? They have ONE loss to #9 Marist by one 4th quarter TD and Ty Gavin is one of the top players in the state.

  • James W Fanning

    LWE may be one of Illinois best high school teams ever! This comes from a person who lives in Tinley Park. What they did to HF was unheard of!!
    GREAT teams in high school football don’t get the credit they deserve like basketball. The demise of LWN made East even MORE of a powerhouse!

  • Leo

    Wow, still no love for ND. This is the only website that they are not ranked in the top 25. They were much more competitive than Nazareth was against Marist.

  • John Bosch

    Lincoln Way East, Brother Rice and Marist are 3 best teams in the state for my money. All 3 have had impressive wins with tough schedules. HF should not even be in the top 10 after getting crushed by Lincoln Way East.

    • HF-Fan

      And all their other wins of the season just dont count, John Bosch?

      • John B

        They do, but when you get a running clock against, you don’t deserve to be ranked that high. Marist’s loss was by 4 points on the road against a top 10 team and they probably should’ve won that game.

  • Wesbaby

    Here come the Redhawks, Go Marist!

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