Super 25 football rankings for Week 13: Marist, Nazareth join top five

Nazareth's Chaddrian West Jr. Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times.

The Super 25 sees several changes this week entering the semifinals of the IHSA state football playoffs. With just two weeks to go, will No. 1 Lincoln-Way East (12-0) be able to hang onto its spot atop the rankings? The Griffins face No. 12 Loyola (9-3) in a rematch of last year’s Class 8A title game on Saturday with a spot in Champaign on the line.

Sixteen of the 32 teams remaining in the hunt for state championships across the eight classes are included in this week’s Super 25. Three newcomers – Notre Dame (10-2), Crete-Monee (9-3) and Joliet Catholic (8-4) – enter the fray as part of their playoff runs. Seven ranked teams, including Lincoln-Way East, Batavia and Richards, remain unbeaten 12 weeks into the season.

Maine South (10-2) is the big dropper this week after its quarterfinal defeat to Loyola sent it from No. 6 to No. 14. Homewood-Flossmoor (10-2) and Simeon (11-1), while sticking in the top 10, also saw their seasons end prematurely. In all, nine of the ranked teams will be following the action from home for the upcoming weekend.

With record and last week’s ranking

1. Lincoln-Way East (12-0) 1
Saturday at Loyola

2. Batavia (12-0) 2
Saturday at Nazareth

3. Brother Rice (12-0) 5
Saturday at Marist

4. Marist (11-1) 7
Saturday vs. Brother Rice

5. Nazareth (11-1) 8
Saturday vs. Batavia

6. Mount Carmel (11-1) 9
Saturday at St. Charles North

7. Richards (12-0) 10
Saturday at Crete-Monee

8. Homewood-Flossmoor (10-2) 3

9. Simeon (11-1) 4

10. Cary-Grove (12-0) 11
Saturday at Notre Dame

11. Willowbrook (11-1) 12

12. Loyola (9-3) 15
Saturday vs. Lincoln-Way East

13. Montini (11-1) 13
Saturday at Sterling

14. Maine South (10-2) 6

15. Phillips (9-3) 14

16. IC Catholic (12-0) 17
Saturday vs. Richmond-Burton

17. Hillcrest (12-0) 23
Saturday at Joliet Catholic

18. St. Charles North (9-3) 20
Saturday vs. Mount Carmel

19. Naperville Central (7-4) 21

20. Hinsdale Central (8-3) 22

21. Notre Dame (10-2) NR
Saturday vs. Cary-Grove

22. Crete-Monee (9-3) NR
Saturday vs. Richards

23. Warren (10-2) 18

24. Oswego (10-1) 24

25. Joliet Catholic (8-4) NR
Saturday vs. Hillcrest

Satchel Price contributed to this report

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  • AJ

    Please explain how Loyola who is in the semifinals is ranked behind teams whose seasons are over. I don’t want to hear about the loss totals either considering their 3 losses came at the hands of 3 other semifinal teams (Rice, Carmel, and Montini). What am I missing here.

    • Barron Von Wildcat

      U won’t have to worry about after this week bcuz Loyola’s season WILL BE OVER TOO 😂

      • Reality

        I’m sure that’s exactly what Oswego and Main South thought as well. Loyola at home as the underdog has to scare any team even the one currently at the top of the rankings.

        • Bill

          This will be the first game of the playoffs without a running clock for LWE. Home field is overated in high school football. If it were on grass, it would be more of a concern for LWE. I still think LWE wins by 14. Too many weapons to stop on LWE and they have basically done most of it with out AJ Henning, who’s only played in about 5 games. They can beat you with the pass and the run. Mostly LWE teams historically have been mostly run. This one is different.

      • Ghost of Virgil Livers testicle

        How did that work out Barron? Never bet against Loyala until the last game

    • ESCC

      Rankings in the IHSA do not represent a determination of who are the best teams. Rankings are set based on records and opponents records. No other items are taken into consideration. As an example, I think at least 90% of us agree that LWE is the best team in the State so far, yet they didn’t receive a number 1 seed.

      Accordingly, the home team is determined by two factors, the seeding and which time has had the most playoff home games. If a team has had less home games, they get the game at home. If both teams have the same amount of home games, the team with the better seed gets the game at home.

      I may not be the perfect system, but it takes out any arguments above favoritism when ranking the teams.

      • LOTR

        Thanks for the explanation, but I think AJ is talking about Beth’s ranking here. AJ, this sort of thing happens every post season as teams drop off, all that matters is win and move up. Don’t expect a jump to #1 though if your Ramblers knock off LWE, moving up is slow going. ND only made the rankings this week and their only 2 losses are to semi finalists as well. Rankings don’t matter much, all that matters is that you’re team still playing. On another note, it should an AWESOME environment in Mt. Greenwood!!

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