Top 20 remain unchanged in Week 12
Editor's note: ESPN will release the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national football rankings to start each week of the regular season. The rankings combine three previously independent polls and are compiled by a panel of voters, including Doug Huff (Wheeling, W.Va.), Jon Mahoney (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Sheldon Shealer (Myersville, Md.), Brian Stumpf (Torrance, Calif.) and Mark Tennis (Stockton, Calif.). Kynon Codrington, Christopher Lawlor, Mike Loveday, Bob Masajo and Paul Muyskens also contributed to the poll.
There was little change in the top 25 in this week's ESPN RISE FAB 50 national football poll, but the second half of the rankings saw major shakeups.
Abilene (Texas) was the highest-ranked team to drop from this week's rankings, as it was stunned in the opening round of the Class 5A Division II state playoffs, 20-14, by Mansfield. Despite being 10-0 and ranked highest overall in the field, the Eagles lost to a Mansfield team that was 6-4. The Tigers do, however, have a highly regarded running back in Stanford-bound Stepfan Taylor, who rushed for 195 yards and scored twice.
In addition to Abilene, which was No. 30 in last week's FAB 50, previous No. 36 Oceanside of California, previous No. 40 Rockhurst of Missouri and previous No. 42 Cretin-Derham Hall of Minnesota all dropped out of this week's rankings.
Oceanside did not lose, but the Pirates did have their 21-game win streak end in a 33-33 tie with Ramona. The team now has a 21-0-1 unbeaten streak.
Rockhurst lost 14-9 to a Blue Springs South squad that it defeated in its Labor Day weekend opener.
Cretin, meanwhile, fell in overtime to Blaine, 28-27, the same team that the week before had ousted defending champion Eden Prairie, 28-24, from the Minnesota Class AAAAA playoffs. This week, Blaine faces unbeaten Wayzata, which is one of four newcomers in this week's ESPN RISE FAB 50.
Results as of Nov. 15.
|ESPN RISE FAB 50 Football Rankings: Week 12|
|1||Trinity (Euless, Texas)||11-0||250 pts, 5 first-place votes||1|
|2||St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)||10-0||244 pts||2|
|3||Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.)||11-0||241 pts||3|
|4||Gateway (Monroeville, Pa.)||12-0||235 pts||4|
|5||Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)||10-0||228 pts||5|
|6||Armwood (Seffner, Fla.)||10-0||226 pts||6|
|7||Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)||12-0||221 pts||7|
|8||Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)||11-0||215 pts||8|
|9||St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.)||10-0||210 pts||9|
|10||Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.)||10-0||201 pts||11|
|11||St. Ignatius (Cleveland)||12-1||203 pts||11|
|12||South Panola (Batesville, Miss.)||12-0||197 pts||12|
|13||Centennial (Corona, Calif.)||10-0||192 pts||13|
|14||Phoebus (Hampton, Va.)||12-0||184 pts||14|
|15||Lakeland (Lakeland, Fla.)||10-0||180 pts||15|
|16||Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.)||11-0||173 pts||16|
|17||North Shore (Houston)||8-0||169 pts||17|
|18||Elder (Cincinnati)||12-1||165 pts||18|
|19||Maryville (Maryville, Tenn.)||12-0||158 pts||19|
|20||Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)||8-1||151 pts||20|
|21||Permian (Odessa, Texas)||11-0||149 pts||21|
|22||Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.)||12-0||147 pts||22|
|23||Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.)||12-0||142 pts||23|
|24||Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)||11-0||134 pts||25|
|25||North Penn (Lansdale, Pa.)||12-0||133 pts||24|
|26||Plant (Tampa, Fla.)||9-1||121 pts||27|
|27||De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)||9-1||118 pts||26|
|28||Arrowhead (Hartland, Wis.)||13-0||110 pts||28|
|29||Prattville (Prattville, Ala.)||10-1||109 pts||29|
|30||Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.)||11-1||104 pts||31|
|31||John T. Curtis (River Ridge, La.)||10-1||95 pts||32|
|32||Maine South (Park Ridge, Ill.)||12-0||90 pts||33|
|33||Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)||10-0||88 pts||47|
|34||Madison County (Madison, Fla.)||9-0||86 pts||35|
|35||Glenville (Cleveland)||11-1*||81 pts||34|
|36||South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.)||12-0||79 pts||38|
|37||St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.)||9-1||77 pts||37|
|38||Allen (Allen, Texas)||10-1||71 pts||39|
|39||Centennial (Peoria, Ariz.)||11-0||59 pts||41|
|40||Union (Tulsa, Okla.)||10-1||54 pts||43|
|41||Independence (Charlotte, N.C.)||11-0||45 pts||45|
|42||Center Grove (Greenwood, Ind.)||12-1||41 pts||46|
|43||Muskegon (Muskegon, Mich.)||12-0||36* pts||NR|
|44||Northside (Warner Robins, Ga.)||10-1||36 pts||44|
|45||Newnan (Newnan, Ga.)||11-0||32 pts||50|
|46||Jenks (Jenks, Okla.)||10-1||28 pts||48|
|47||Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.)||11-0||24 pts||49|
|48||Wayzata (Plymouth, Minn.)||12-0||12 pts||NR|
|49||Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio)||13-0||10 pts||NR|
|50||Columbus (Miami)||8-0||7 pts||NR|
Also Receiving Votes: Blue Springs South (Blue Springs, Mo.) 10-2, Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 10-1, Oceanside (Oceanside, Calif.) 9-0-1, Pearland (Pearland, Texas) 10-0, State College (State College, Pa.) 11-0, Timpview (Provo, Utah) 13-0.
Dropped Out: Previous No. 30 Abilene (Abilene, Texas), No. 36 Oceanside (Calif.), No. 40 Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.), No. 42 Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.).
*Ties in points are broken according to which team was ranked higher by a majority of panelists. Asterisk by win-loss record indicates season is complete.