By Michael O'Brien

Result nullification and rankings

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I do football rankings every week, and like almost everyone else, this has been the most difficult fall in memory. I have probably set a record for having the most schools in and out of the Super 25.

I understand that you can't just rank teams by who won in head-to-head games. Fenwick beat St. Rita but the Friars have lost twice since so I can't keep them ahead of the Mustangs.

But results can not be nullified either. Maine South defeated Glenbrook South on the road and deserves to be rated ahead of them right now. Neither team lost since they played. And Glenbrook South, which has a better overall record, did not play the same schedule as the Hawks. Maine South opened the season against a Warren Central, Ind. team on the road that is in every national top 10.

On the other hand, York lost its opener to Loyola by one point and has not lost since. And the Dukes were without five players that were sidelined for a game because of a school rule infraction. York has won six in a row including an impressive victory over a very good Downers Grove North team.

The Associated press state rankings are not a poll. There are eight media people (I am one) who each do a top 10 for each of the eight classes. If I raised a few eyebrows by keeping a 4-3 Lincoln-Way Central team in the top 10, I had my reasons.
The Knights losses were to teams — Lincoln-Way East, East St. Louis and Bolingbrook — that are a combined 20-1 and the one loss was Bolingbrook's to No. 1 Lincoln-Way East. So one of those teams had to lose.
And Lincoln-Way Central led both Bolingbrook and Lincoln-Way East deep into the second half.
Can you think of an 8-1 team that is going to want to see the Knights in a playoff opener?
I don't.

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