VIDEO: Our picks to win state; big changes to Super 25 on “Sun-Times Game Week”

16 teams are heading to Champaign later this week for the 2018 IHSA state football championship games.  On this episode of  “Sun-Times Game Week,” our co-hosts Michael O’Brien, Annie Costabile and Beth Long discuss the latest playoff news including big semifinal upsets: Loyola over number one ranked Lincoln-Way East and St. Charles North over the 2017 state champs, Batavia.

State Championship Preview

The state title games are this Friday and Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Our preps team weighs in on their picks to win state titles.   The matchups are:

Class 1A: Forreston vs. Camp Point Central, 10 a.m. Friday
Class 2A: Gibson City vs. Maroa-Forsyth, 1 p.m. Friday
Class 3A: Byron vs. Monticello, 4 p.m. Friday
Class 4A: IC Catholic vs. Bishop McNamara, 7 p.m. Friday
Class 5A: Montini vs. Joliet Catholic, 10 a.m. Saturday
Class 6A: Cary-Grove vs. Crete-Monee, 1 p.m. Saturday
Class 7A: Nazareth vs. St. Charles North, 4 p.m. Saturday
Class 8A: Brother Rice vs. Loyola, 7 p.m. Saturday

Player of the Week

There’s also new “Player of the Week: Trayvon Rudolph of Crete-Monee who had 412 yards and five touchdowns in the victory over Richards.  That come from behind win means C-M is heading to the state finals to face Cary-Grove.

New Super 25 Rankings

The semifinal results had a big impact on this week’s Super 25.   Lincoln-Way East’s loss to Loyola means there’s a new number one team atop the rankings for the first time all season. Undefeated Brother Rice is now atop the Super 25 rankings after defeating Marist.  Other big moves include Loyola’s jump from No. 12 to No. 3 and St. Charles North’s move from No. 18 to No. 7.

Other News

  • Michael O’Brien has an update on the lawsuit filed against the IHSA by Simeon parents and alumni who claim there was “blatant cheating” in the playoff game loss to Nazareth.
  • The video also includes a preview of the upcoming basketball season including an interview with Riverside-Brookfield coach Mike Reingruber and player Zach Vaia.

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  • CK

    I’m a little perplexed after watching the video of our “genius people ” game of the week video. Two out of three of “those people” picked Loyola over Brother Rice . But no real reason given. But not a real mention that Brother Rice beat Loyola this year 35 to 3. All I seemed to hear was “hard to beat the same team twice”. Yes … I guess that’s true but Rice did beat Marist twice this year. Maybe if you are a good football team it might not be so hard. Being a Rice grad from many years ago I know the team won’t take anything for granted in the state title game. I’m sure there’s a memory of how bad it was last year that motivated them. And playing Loyola requires no extra motivation. May the best team win.But my moneys on Brother Rice.

    • Dean Reszel

      You did realize or maybe you didn’t that Loyola was missing their top QB in that earlier 35-3 loss to Rice…’re money didn’t get you very far this second time around. Congrats to Loyola…if you beat LWE last week you deserved the class 8A title.

  • CaravanFan

    I’ve been following HS football in IL for a long time and made the trip out to St. Charles last week to see my favorite team move on to state finals. Obviously didn’t happen. SCN has Nubin but what they also have is an inspired coaching staff and you could see in those kids eyes that they were never going to give up. Their O line is not overly large but they are definitely quick, strong, and gave their superstar some enormous room to run at the end. I don’t think anyone has predicted them to win a game past the first round but they’re there and no one is predicting them to win now. I will be rooting for them this weekend as I think they just have something special amongst themselves. Great season Caravan, look forward to the coming years

  • Betty Smith

    Crete Monee went to the state championship game in 2015 also

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