And with the first post in the Connecticut blog, ESPNHS selects: Preseason football rankings. We'll give you the top three here, the rest of the Top 10 and some explanations after the jump.
Daniel Hand (Madison)
St. Joseph (Trumbull)
Hillhouse (New Haven)
Bubble teams: North Haven, West Haven, Staples (Westport), Bunnell (Stratford), Greenwich, Norwich Free Academy, Berlin, Ridgefield, Pomperaug (Southbury), Danbury, Notre Dame (West Haven), Windsor, Cheshire, Brookfield, Southington, Conard (West Hartford)
It was a tough call at the top of the rankings, as both Masuk and Xavier went undefeated last year. And while Xavier plays in a higher class, it was hard to overlook the fact that Masuk brings back the top player in the state in senior quarterback Casey Cochran. That was really the tiebreaker between the two.
The rest of the Top 10 could shake out in a number of ways, and I'm sure it won't look close to the same at the end of the season. But for now, this is what we're going with.
Check back later today for the Connecticut All-State football team.