This is our final week of rankings. Actual on field play can now take over our duties of ranking teams. Head to head competition will now decide who should be ranked where and that is the way it should be. Back in the 1960’s and before that the state champions were decided by polls and rankings. (There was no playoff system in Kansas.) Playoffs in Kansas started in 1969 and those first ten years you made it in the playoffs due to a point system. Which really stunk, because there were plenty of teams that finished the season 8-0 or 9-0 and would not make the playoffs.
The point system was all about who you played and your win-loss record and your competitions win-loss record. If your team played teams from classifications above you, you got extra points. If you played teams in classifications below you, your team lost points.
The playoff system we have in Kansas today is so much better than when we first started. Sure we need a few tweaks to the system but at least you now have to earn your way into the playoffs.
Okay, I can hear you asking me, name one tweak to fix………… Get rid of that Tuesday night game for some classifications. Either start the season one week earlier for those classifications or get rid of one game during the regular season. I have never been a fan of the Tuesday night games in the playoffs. If that is the case why don’t we just double up on the regular season and play 18 games of varsity action in regular season every Tuesday and Friday night. Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it. So why do it once a year in the playoffs for crying out loud? Ask Conway Springs and Collegiate how their Tuesday night game this year is going to effect them, for the team that wins and has to play again on Saturday? Three games in 10 days sure sounds a little silly to me.
Okay I am off my soapbox and lets move on to the rankings this week. The Super 10 Top six have not changed this week. After that there are some changes. Topeka drops out and Free State jumps in. The Top three are really close in the voting and only separated by seven total points.
6A The only difference is Free State jumps in at number five and Topeka drops out.
5A Wichita Heights drops to number four and Salina South moves in to the number two slot. Aquinas drops from number four to number five spot.
4A D-I Bishop Miege is still rolling along as the unanimous choice. Nothing changed in this class except Hays disappeared and Fort Scott has appeared in the others column. The Fort has received no love this year from the ranking team at all and they are at 8-1 on the season.
4A D-II Nothing has changed. Andale is the Big Chief by unanimous vote and everyone else trails behind. Although Holton only trails by twelve this week and it was at eighteen last week.
3A My oh my who was that ranker that was ranking Rossville every week since week number one in the number one spot? I will never tell you, but each week he kept ranking Rossville over everyone in class 3A. Couple of years ago the same guy kept picking Scott City over Beloit and Silver Lake to win the championship and the Beavers did do it that year. Makes me wonder if this guy has Rossville pegged perfectly this year. Big shakeup in these rankings. Conway Springs drops out and is rewarded with a trip to Collegiate first round. Somebody is going home unhappy and early in the playoffs after that game. Chaparral appears in the others column for the first time this year.
2-1A Well wouldn’t you know it, Olpe and Lacrosse start the season playing each other in the first game of the season. Lacrosse wins that game, but then later on Lacrosse loses a game and Olpe later on takes over at number one. But this week the two teams are tied in the ranking points at number one. Go figure that out. Makes me wonder if they will both make it to the final game. It will be tough. There are some good teams in this classification that will not get out of the playoffs without a fight.
8-man D-I Personally, I have been picking Hanover all year long and so has most of the ranking team. Hanover still has a few doubters on the ranking team each week. Hanover is still number one. Osborne loses to Hanover and falls to the number five position. There of course is some other movement in this class.
8-man D-II Chetopa is still number one by five points over Wallace County. Stafford drops out of the rankings and Ingalls jumps in at number five. I have said all along this will be one of the closest races in all the playoffs. Look for some closely contested games. The ranking team has been all over the place with each week about five or six teams receiving number one rankings. Although this week that was cut down to only three teams.
I want to thank the ranking team members for sending in their rankings each week. We could not do what we do with out them. I think we have the best poll by far for rankings in the state of Kansas for football. We will have one more poll after the season is all over with to crown a Super 10 champ and to give teams a chance to move up in the rankings one final time. Again thank you media members for all you do for the game of high school football in our state of Kansas.
New members of the Ranking team for 2014
Brad Hallier Hutchinson News Hutchinson
Bobby Nightengale Lawrence Journal-World Lawrence
Pat Strathman WIBW Topeka
Long time Ranking team members
Joanna Chadwick Wichita Eagle Wichita
Brent Maycock Topeka Capital Journal Topeka
Eddie Lomshek KKOW Pittsburg
Rich Epp OpenSpacesSports Colby
Justin Fluke KNZA Hiawatha
Kirk Seminoff Wichita Eagle Wichita
Dusty Deines KDNS Beloit
Conor Nichol Northwest Kansas Sports Hays
Jim Misunas Great Bend Tribune Great Bend
Adam Kadavy KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Brock Kappelmann KSCB Liberal
Mike Hammett KSAL Salina
Tim McGonagle KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Tim Hostetter Prep Power Index & Salina Journal
BrettMarshall Garden City Telegram Garden City
David Steinle Main Street Media Russell
Rocky Downing KFRM 550 AM
Mike Smith KMZA Seneca