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 rankings 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 25With record and last week’s ranking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Simeon (2-0) NRSaturday vs. Young at Lane

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21. Kankakee (1-1) 21Friday at Thornridge

22. Jacobs (2-0) 23Friday at McHenry

23. Palatine (2-0) NRFriday vs. New Trier

24. Wheaton-Warrenville South (1-1) NRFriday at St. Charles North

25. Hersey (2-0) NRFriday vs. Deerfield

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