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High school football: Michael O’Brien’s Super 25 rankings for Week 3

Week 2 was a tremendous amount of fun. The crowds have been great at every game I’ve been to this season.

Marian Catholic brought out a nice student section on Thursday. Obviously, the Notre Dame vs St Patrick rivalry was packed and raucous.

Kudos to Bolingbrook fans for making the trip to Gately Stadium on Saturday. Simeon always has a nice crowd but the Raiders’ big turnout made the game feel special.

What a win it was for the Wolverines. After some hemming and hawing, I went ahead and put Simeon in the top 10. That’s quite a jump from unranked but it seems warranted, especially after Wheaton-Warrenville South, the team the Wolverines beat in Week 1, knocked off Neuqua Valley.

Warren jumps into the top five after knocking off Maine South. But the Hawks don’t far too far for the loss. I do my best not to penalize teams all that much for losing close games to good teams. That’s one of my basic ranking beliefs.

The toughest part this week was deciding which new teams to add at the bottom. There were a lot of contenders (St Francis, IC Catholic, Morgan Park, South Elgin, York) and not a lot separated them.

In the end, I decided to go with a pair of Mid-Suburban League teams, Palatine and Hersey.

Week 3’s Super 25
With record and last week’s ranking

1.Mount Carmel (2-0) 1
Friday at No. 20 Notre Dame

2. Loyola (2-0) 2
Friday at No. 13 St Rita

3. Lincoln Way East (2-0) 3
Friday at Stagg

4Warren (2-0) 7th
Friday at Libertyville

5. Glenbard West (2-0) 6
Saturday vs Oak Park

6. Naperville North (2-0) 13
Saturday vs Detroit St Mary’s

7. Batavia (1-1) 4
Friday at Wheaton North

8. Simeon (2-0) NO
Saturday vs Young at Lane

9 Maine South (1-1) 9
Friday at Barrington

10 Prairie Ridge (2-0) 10
Friday vs Huntley

11. Marist (1-1) 11
Friday at No. 19 Nazareth

12. Prospect (2-0) 14
Friday vs Evanston

13. St. Rita (1-1) 12
Friday vs. No. 2 Loyola

14. Lockport (2-0) 15
Friday at Bradley Bourbonnais

15 Lemont (2-0) 24
Friday vs Oak Forest

16. Joliet Catholic (2-0) 19
Friday at De La Salle

17. Bolingbrook (1-1) 5
Friday at Lincoln Way West

18 Glenbard North (1-1) 16
Friday at Geneva

19. Nazareth (1-1) 17
Friday vs. No. 11 Marist

20 Notre Dame (2-0) 20
Friday vs No. 1 Mount Carmel

21 Kankakee (1-1) 21
Friday at Thornridge

22 Jacobs (2-0) 23
Friday at McHenry

23. Palatine (2-0) NO
Friday vs. New Trier

24. Wheaton-Warrenville South (1-1) NO
Friday at St Charles North

25. Hersey (2-0) NO
Friday vs Deerfield

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