There are only three weeks left in the high school football regular season.
The playoffs this year are going to be fun.
Fayetteville stays at No. 1 overall following a convincing 35-14 win over Rogers. The Purple Dogs have captured the past two Class 7A state championships. Others have Bentonville, despite two early losses, rated above Fayetteville. Indeed, Bentonville is strong.
But this I know: To be The Man, you have to beat The Man.
Cabot, Conway and North Little Rock could all still provide a playoff challenge out of central Arkansas.
And let’s not forget Springdale Har-Ber and Fort Smith Southside. Both teams have the potential to get hot in the playoffs.
In Class 6A, I don’t see anyone upsetting the University of Greenwood. I just don’t.
In Class 5A, Pulaski Academy and Camden Fairview could meet in the semifinals at Camden. That might be the “real” state championship.
In Class 4A, Arkadelphia continues to play well (64-22 over a decent Pulaski Robinson team on Friday night), but Ashdown and Malvern still loom on the regular-season schedule.
All of our Top 5 teams in Class 3A are capable of getting hot at the right time and making it to Little Rock for the state championship game.
Ditto for Class 2A.
Here are the updated rankings:
4. Pulaski Academy
5. Camden Fairview
9. Springdale Har-Ber
10. North Little Rock
5. Springdale Har-Ber
2. Pine Bluff
5. Lake Hamilton
1. Pulaski Academy
2. Camden Fairview
3. White Hall
3. Pine Bluff Dollarway
4. Valley View
2. Harding Academy
4. Glen Rose
1. Junction City
4. East Poinsett County