The final week of the regular season saw three teams lose their Top 10 spots in the POWERADE state rankings, allowing room for No. 7 Lemont, No. 8 Batavia and No. 10 Nazareth to jump into the rankings for the first time this season.
With the regular season now complete, Maine South enters the postseason as the favorite to win the Class 8A state championship for the second year in a row. In Class 7A, No. 2 Glenbard West is the team to beat after closing out a perfect 9-0 season with a 49-7 win over Downers Grove North.
Maine South (9-0) — Defeated Glenbrook South, 45-21 (last week: No. 1)
Glenbard West (9-0) — Defeated Downers Grove North, 49-7 (last week: No. 2)
Lincoln-Way East (9-0) — Defeated Joliet West, 42-7 (last week: No. 3)