The final week of the regular season proved to be a calm one across the board, as there were no seismic events in the POWERADE state rankings. Carmel looked sloppy in the first half before pulling things together to defeat Ben Davis, 20-10, but other than that, the favorites emerged unscathed. No. 1 Warren Central rolled in a tune-up win over Center Grove, while Penn used a 26-14 win over Adams to leapfrog Ben Davis into the No. 3 spot.
Just as a quick programming note, remember that ESPNHS will not be doing weekly state rankings once the playoffs begin. The way I see it, the playoffs are the actual, real-life rankings, and the postseason will do a much better job of determining the best teams than I ever could. I will be doing weekly previews and post-mortems on all the playoff action, so keep checking the blog for the latest. And of course, we'll be doing our final rankings after the conclusion of the postseason.
Warren Central (9-0) — Defeated Center Grove, 54-21 (last week: No. 1)
Carmel (8-1) — Defeated Ben Davis, 20-10 (last week: No. 2)
Penn (9-0) — Defeated Adams, 26-14 (last week: No. 4)