July 5, 2012

The Preseason RivalsHigh 100 release schedule

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Dallas Jackson is the Senior Analyst for RivalsHigh. Email him your question, comment or story ideas to DallasJ@Yahoo-Inc.com and follow him on Twitter.

The world of high school football no longer has time for an offseason.

Not for the players, not for the coaches and not for the analysts who cover the sport.

So while individuals and teams spend the summer working to improve, RivalsHigh has been gearing up for its fifth annual preseason RivalsHigh 100 football rankings - which will be announced beginning July 23.

"It is non-stop," Rivals.com High School Football 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 the entire Rivals.com network has canvassed offseason camps and 7-on-7 events around the country.

"The depth of our network - we have more than 200 reporters covering players and teams across the country - helps make the RivalsHigh 100 the deepest and most complete rankings in the industry," Jackson said.

And while this year's preseason rankings were as challenging as ever, 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 starting at the local level and moving up to the national rankings.

But for now the only competition is in perception and projections, so with that take a look at the release schedule as our high school football season officially kicks off.

The RivalsHigh 100 release schedule:

Mon., July 9: Long Beach Poly leads list of prominent schools outside of rankings

Tues., July 10: New Mexico starts the season without national representation

Wed., July 11: National rankings elude top Nebraska teams

Thurs., July 12: Iowa teams miss preseason rankings for first time.

Mon., July 16: John Curtis taking on Tampa Plant named the top out-of-state game for 2012

Tues., July 17: Florida leads the pack in quality out-of-state games with 10 great contests.

Wed., July 18: Texas teams have great games, too. Top out-of-district schedules.

Thurs., July 19: Breaking down the 10 teams that just missed the preseason rankings.

Mon., July 23

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

    Tues., July 24

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

    Wed., July 25

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

    Thurs., July 26

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

    Fri., July 27

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

    Mon., July 30

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

    Tues., July 31

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

    Wed., Aug. 1

  • Morning: Teams 30-26
  • Afternoon: Teams from outside the Top 100 that could end inside Top 25.

    Thurs., Aug. 2

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

    Fri., Aug. 3

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

    Sun., Aug. 5

  • Midday: How the fans ranked the preseason Top 10.

    Mon., Aug. 6

  • Teams No. 10 - No. 6

    Tues., Aug. 7

  • Teams No. 5 - No. 2

    Wed., Aug. 8

  • 2012 preseason No. 1 is Santa Margarita




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