July 14, 2011

The RivalsHigh 100 countdown is on

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There is no off-season anymore.

Not for the players, not for the coaches, and not for the analysts.

So while individuals and teams have been working to improve their game the past few months, RivalsHigh has been gearing up for its preseason Top 100 football rankings, which will be announced beginning July 25.

"It is non-stop," RivalsHigh Senior Analyst Dallas Jackson said. "It is just like the teams and players we get to cover, if our team of analysts chooses to take time off we will get beat. No one in this organization wants to be one to drop the ball."

Jackson has had countless talks on the phone, online, and in person with prominent coaches, numerous discussions with analysts and publishers in the Rivals network across the country and plenty of miles on the car, going to see dozens of top programs at 7-on-7s.

"The depth of our network - we have more than 40 high school experts covering schools in almost every state - helps make the RivalsHigh Top 100 the deepest and most complete rankings in the country," Jackson said.

And while this year's preseason rankings appear more challenging than ever - we challenge you to order a deep crop of teams in the top 20 - we're confident in the early placements.

At least for now.

That's the beauty of our rankings. Winning is never enough and no spot is ever secure. Each week we'll take a look at how the top teams played and reorder as necessary.

Until the games begin again this fall, the only competition will be in the form of analysis of our Top 100.

Don't worry, we don't mind. It's just part of the sport - one that doesn't seem to have an off-season anymore.

The RivalsHigh 100 release schedule:

Mon., July 11: Aquinas, De La Salle top list of out-of-state games

Tues., July 12: Best out-of-state games involving teams in Florida

Wed., July 13: Best districts across the country

Mon., July 18: Traditional powers not making the cut

Tues., July 19: Mayfield tops New Mexico, but doesn't make RivalsHigh 100

Wed., July 20: Group at the top of Minnesota rankings misses national list

Thurs., July 21: Pack of teams leads Utah into season, not national rankings

Fri., July 22: Nebraska trio leads the state, has national aspirations

Sun., July 24: The last 10 teams not to make the RivalsHigh 100

Mon., July 25

  • Morning: Teams 100-96
  • Afternoon: Teams 95-91

    Tues., July 26

  • Morning: Teams 90-86
  • Afternoon: Teams 85-81

    Wed., July 27

  • Morning: Teams 80-76
  • Afternoon: Teams 75-71

    Thurs., July 28

  • Morning: Teams 70-66
  • Afternoon: Teams 65-61

    Fri., July 29

  • Morning: Teams 60-56
  • Afternoon: Teams 55-51

    Mon., Aug. 1

  • Morning: Teams 50-46
  • Afternoon: Teams 45-41

    Tues., Aug. 2

  • Morning: Teams 40-36
  • Afternoon: Teams 35-31

    Wed., Aug. 3

  • Morning: Teams 30-26
  • Afternoon: Unranked teams could make a jump into Top 25

    Thurs., Aug. 4

  • Morning: Teams 25-21
  • Afternoon: Teams 20-16

    Fri., Aug. 5

  • Morning: Teams 15-11
  • Afternoon: Rank your own preseason Top 10

    Sun., Aug. 7: How the public ranks the Top 10

    Mon., Aug. 8

  • Morning: St. Thomas Aquinas in at No. 10
  • Morning: Louisville Trinity is Shamrocking the rankings at No. 9
  • Afternoon: No. 8 South Panola roars back into rankings
  • Afternoon: Bishop Gorman breaks in at No. 7

    Tues., Aug. 9

  • Morning: Allen Eagles soar to No. 6
  • Midday: Armwood Hawks give a high No. 5
  • Afternoon: Brotherhood pushes De La Salle to No. 4

    Wed., Aug. 10

  • Morning: Indiana makes it to No. 3
  • Midday: Don Bosco dominates competition, starts No. 2
  • Afternoon: Prattville starts on a perch
  • Afternoon: The complete RivalsHigh100


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