Please note, divisional placement in our poll is based on our Enrollment Projections done earlier this year. Divisional placement in the WIAA playoffs is not determined until after the season and these projections can and will be different than the divisions at the end of the year. We have added an 8-Man Coaches Poll this season.
The top five is unchanged from a week ago, as Kimberly is once again a unanimous #1 team. Franklin survived a scare from Wilmot, but escaped with a 14-13 win and remains second. While the top five performed well, the same can't be said for the rest of last week's ranked teams, as six of them went down: Oak Creek, Middleton, Arrowhead, Hudson, Badger, and Wisconsin Rapids. All dropped out of the rankings, as we get five new teams in: Muskego, Appleton North, Eau Claire Memorial, Green Bay Preble, and Kenosha Bradford.
Unlike Division 1, there was little change in the Division 2 rankings this week. All ranked teams scored victories, with the only change finding Brookfield East moving up a couple slots. Waunakee remains the top-ranked team.
Catholic Memorial remains a unanimous #1 selection for the top spot in the Division 3 Coaches Poll. Notre Dame is second, followed by Whitefish Bay. New Berlin Eisenhower's big win over Pewaukee allowed the Lions to move up front sixth to fourth, dropping Pewaukee out of the rankings completely in a highly-competitive division. Fox Valley Lutheran has been very impressive in the early going, including a win over Luxemburg-Casco last week, and enters the rankings at #10.
The top six of the Division 4 Coaches Poll remains unchanged, with Saint Croix Central on top followed by Middle Border rival Osceola. Following losses, Big Foot, West Salem, and Ripon drop out of the rankings this week. Wrightstown, Kiel, and Platteville move in.
With the loss in last week's Game of the Week to Saint Mary's Springs, the question became whether Amherst would hold on to the top spot in D5. The answer: no, just barely. After beating former D6 #2 Regis 31-2 on Saturday, Stanley-Boyd is the new top team in Division 5. Amherst comes in at #2, followed by Spencer/Columbus Catholic. And, oh yeah, #1 Stanley-Boyd hosts #3 Spencer/Columbus Catholic this week. The rest of the rankings are largely unchanged.
After the big win over Amherst, Saint Mary's Springs is a heavy favorite in the D6 poll, though the Ledgers were not a unanimous #1. Regis' loss to Stanley-Boyd dropped the defending champs from second to fourth this week. Grantsburg is the new #2, followed by Iola-Scandinavia. Don't look now, but Shiocton hasn't given up a point yet this season and enters at #9.
Edgar remains a unanimous top team in Division 7, as the defending state champs have yet to surrender a point. Bangor is close behind, followed by Black Hawk, Abbotsford, and Wild Rose to complete the top five. There is plenty of change after that, as four new teams enter the rankings this week: #7 Independence/Gilmanton, #8 Pittsville, #9 Johnson Creek, and #10 Iowa-Grant.
Luck remains a strong #1 in the 8-Man Football Coaches Poll, with Oakfield close behind once again. Northwood/Solon Springs' loss to Luck last week dropped the co-op program down to ninth this week. Prairie Farm enters the rankings after getting in its first game last week, sitting at #6.
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