ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Week 16

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After games of Dec. 8

There is a new No. 1 in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings -- for now.

Previous No. 1 Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) was upset by St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in the Class 7A state semifinals, opening the door for Bellevue (Wash.) to move into the top spot.

On Nov. 30, the Wolverines capped off a terrific season by winning their fifth straight state title and 10th in the last 12 years. They also own a 31-24 overtime win over Texas power Trinity (Euless, Texas).

But here's why this ranking isn't set in stone: No. 4 Katy (Texas) and No. 5 DeSoto (Texas). DeSoto has a 41-21 win over that Trinity team and has a 52-27 victory over Jenks (Okla.), which is this year's state champ in Oklahoma's highest classification. The Eagles also beat defending state champ Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) this past weekend and have a matchup with No. 15 Allen (Texas) on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Katy has outscored opponents 749-149, a level of domination not often seen in 5A Texas, and could further add to its argument with a win over No. 13 Steele (Cibolo, Texas) on Saturday.

If either team finishes the season with a title, it could make a case for claiming that No. 1 ranking. The one thing that's certain is that nothing will be set in stone until the final rankings are out on Dec. 24.

ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Week 16
RANKSCHOOL/REC (CITY, STATE)TRENDINGCOMMENT
1Bellevue (14-0)
Bellevue, WA
1

Last Week: 2
Last Game: Defeated Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.) 35-3 in the Class 3A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
2John Curtis Christian (14-0)
River Ridge, LA
1

Last Week: 3
Last Week: Defeated Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.) 35-13 in the Class 2A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
3De La Salle (14-0)
Concord, CA
1

Last Week: 4
Last Week: Defeated Folsom (Calif.) 49-15 in a CIF Open Division State Regional Championship Bowl Game
Next Game: Dec. 15 vs. No. 17 Centennial (Corona, Calif.) in the CIF Open Division State Championship Bowl Game
4Katy (14-0)
Katy, TX
1

Last Week: 5
Last Week: Defeated Cypress Ranch (Cypress, Texas) 70-21 in the regional finals of the Class 5A, Division II state playoffs
Next Game: Dec. 15 vs. No. 13 Steele (Cibolo, Texas) in the Class 5A, Division II state semifinals
5DeSoto (14-0)
DeSoto, TX
1

Last Week: 6
Last Week: Defeated Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 49-45 in the regional finals of the Class 5A, Division I state playoffs
Next Game: Dec. 15 vs. No. 15 Allen (Texas) in the Class 5A, Division I state semifinals
6Butler (15-0)
Matthews, NC
1

Last Week: 7
Last Game: Defeated Jack Britt (Fayetteville, N.C.) 56-28 in the Class 4AA state championship
Next Game: Season complete
7Hoover (15-0)
Birmingham, AL
2

Last Week: 9
Last Week: Defeated Opelika (Ala.) 31-0 in the Class 6A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
8University (11-0)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
2

Last Week: 10
Last Week: Defeated Madison County (Madison, Fla.) 24-17 in the Class 3A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
9North Allegheny Sr. (15-0)
Wexford, PA
2

Last Week: 11
Last Week: Defeated Wilson (West Lawn, Pa.) 45-10 in the Class AAAA state semifinals
Next Game: Dec. 15 vs. Coatesville (Pa.) in the Class AAAA state championship
10Bishop Gorman (13-1)
Las Vegas, NV
2

Last Week: 12
Last Game: Defeated Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) 63-10 in the Division I state championship
Next Game: Season complete
11Good Counsel (11-1)
Olney, MD
2

Last Week: 13
Last Game: Defeated DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 26-14 in the WCAC championship
Next Game: Season complete
12Ensworth (13-0)
Nashville, TN
2

Last Week: 14
Last Game: Defeated Memphis University School (Memphis, Tenn.) 31-14 in the Division II Class AA state championship
Next Game: Season complete
13Steele (14-0)
Cibolo, TX
2

Last Week: 15
Last Week: Defeated Brandeis (San Antonio) 28-12 in the regional finals of the Class 5A, Division II state playoffs
Next Game: Dec. 15 vs. No. 4 Katy (Texas) in the Class 5A, Division II state semifinals
14Gainesville (14-0)
Gainesville, FL
2

Last Week: 16
Last Week: Defeated Navarre (Fla.) 62-26 in the Class 6A state semifinals
Next Game: Dec. 15 vs. Miami Central (Miami) in the Class 6A state championship
15Allen (13-1)
Allen, TX
3

Last Week: 18
Last Week: Defeated Skyline (Dallas) 37-17 in the regional finals of the Class 5A, Division I state playoffs
Next Game: Dec. 15 vs. No. 5 DeSoto (Texas) in the Class 5A, Division I state semifinals
16Norcross (14-0)
Norcross, GA
3

Last Week: 19
Last Week: Defeated Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) 41-27 in the Class AAAAAA state semifinals
Next Game: Dec. 15 vs. Lovejoy (Hampton, Ga.) in the Class AAAAAA state championship
17Centennial (14-1)
Corona, CA
3

Last Week: 20
Last Week: Defeated then-No. 8 Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.) 41-34 in a CIF Open Division State Regional Championship Bowl Game
Next Game: Dec. 15 vs. No. 3 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) in the CIF Open Division State Championship Bowl Game
18Booker T. Washington (14-1)
Miami, FL
3

Last Week: 21
Last Week: Defeated Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.) 35-7 in the Class 4A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
19Skyline (14-0)
Sammamish, WA
3

Last Week: 22
Last Game: Defeated Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma, Wash.) 49-24 in the Class 4A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
20Saint Thomas Aquinas School (12-2)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
--

Last Week: --
Last Week: Defeated then-No. 1 Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) 35-18 in the Class 7A state semifinals
Next Game: Dec. 14 vs. Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.) in the Class 7A state championship
21Moeller (12-3)
Cincinnati, OH
2

Last Week: 23
Last Game: Defeated then-No. 13 Whitmer (Toledo, Ohio) 20-12 in the Division I state championship
Next Game: Season complete
22Narbonne (14-1)
Harbor City, CA
14

Last Week: 8
Last Week: Lost to No. 20 Centennial (Corona, Calif.) 41-34 in a CIF Open Division State Regional Championship Bowl Game
Next Game Season complete
23Manatee (13-1)
Bradenton, FL
22

Last Week: 1
Last Week: Lost to St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 35-18 in the Class 7A state semifinals
Next Game: Season complete
24Lawrence Central (15-0)
Indianapolis, IN
--

Last Week: 24
Last Game: Defeated Snider (Fort Wayne, Ind.) 39-14 in the Class 5A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
25Whitehaven (15-0)
Memphis, TN
--

Last Week: 25
Last Week: Defeated Maryville (Tenn.) 36-35 in overtime of the Class 6A state championship
Next Game: Season complete
Dropped out: No. 17 Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.)