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High school football: Michael O’Brien’s Super 25 rankings for Week 5

Nearly a third of the Super 25 lost in Week 4, so I was expecting this week’s ranking task to be complicated. Turns out it wasn’t at all.

There’s always a fair amount of guesswork with the football rankings, but a four-game resume is a solid amount of data and that made things easier than expected.

Lockport (lost to Homewood-Flossmoor) and Palatine (lost to Glenbrook South) both drop out. Neuqua Valley returns to the rankings after beating Naperville North and HF makes its season debut.

Week 5 should be very helpful for sorting things out. There are a few ranked teams that haven’t quite proved it yet and they have good tests this weekend.

Joliet Catholic is a team that keeps rising that I’m not quite sure about. The Hilltoppers barely survived against Providence on Friday and it’s always a danger to give a team too much credit based on what it did last year. Up next for Joliet Catholic is a trip to take on Crete-Monee and Josh Franklin.

If things had worked out differently Glenbrook South and Geneva would have cracked the Super 25 this week. Both teams are 4-0 and have nice wins. They are waiting in the wings.

Week 5’s Super 26
With record and last week’s ranking

1st Mount Carmel (4-0) 1st
Friday vs St Ignatius

2. Loyola (4-0) 2
Saturday vs Fenwick

3. Lincoln Way East (4-0) 3
Friday vs. No. 11 Bolingbrook

4Warren (4-0) 4th
Friday vs Lake Zurich

5. Glenbard West (4-0) 5
Saturday vs Addison Trail

6Prospect (4-0) 12
Friday vs. No. 23 Hersey

7. Simeon (4-0) 7
Friday vs. Hubbard at Gately

8 Jacobs (4-0) 17
Friday at Huntley

9 Joliet Catholic (4-0) 15
Friday at Crete-Monee

10 Maine South (2-2) 8
Friday vs Glenbrook North

11. Bolingbrook (3-1) 16
Friday at No. 1 Lincoln Way East

12. Marist (2-2) 9
Friday vs Marmion

13 Lemont (4-0) 14
Friday vs Tinley Park

14 Lyons (4-0) 19
Saturday vs. No. 24 York

15. Neuqua Valley (3-1) NO
Friday at Naperville Central

16 Naperville North (3-1) 6
Friday vs DeKalb

17 Prairie Ridge (3-1) 10
Friday vs. Cary Grove

18. Homewood-Flossmoor (3-1) NO
Friday vs Bradley Bourbonnais

19. St. Rita (2-2) 20
Friday at St Patrick

20 Wheaton North (3-1) 11
Friday at Lake Park

21 Batavia (2-2) 21
Friday at Glenbard North

22. Kankakee (3-1) 22
Friday vs Thornwood

23 Hersey (4-0) 23
Friday at No. 6 Prospect

24 York (4-0) 24
Saturday at No. 14 Lyons

25 Notre Dame (3-1) 25
Friday at St Viator

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