By Adam C. Warner
In this week's edition of Inside the Ratings and Rankings, let's take a look at several trends in two of our classifications -- Mega and Large. I'll highlight two teams within the top 50 of both classes and then reveal the reasons for movement within the rankings, whether it be because of strength of schedule, opponents played, margin of victory or the results of other teams around them.
Last week's Ranking (9/25): 2
This week's Ranking (10/2): 8
Last week's National Power Rating: 99.60
This week's NPR: 97.49
Reasons for movement: Colerain dropped six spots in the polls this week largely because of two factors. Within a week's time, the Cardinals' strength of schedule reduced from 70.74 to 66.56. Meanwhile, the squad won this past weekend, but only by 21 points against Mason Heights, a team that currently owns a 1-5 record and State PR of just 40.83 and State Ranking of 86.
Last week's Ranking: 35
This week's Ranking: 6
Last week's NPR: 93.53
This week's NPR: 97.63
Reasons for movement: The Trojans jumped up 29 spots since last week thanks to a giant increase in strength of schedule. Trinity now has a SOS of 77.60 -- currently one of the highest in the nation -- versus 69.48 last week.
Last week's Ranking: 22
This week's Ranking: 1
Last week's NPR: 92.85
This week's NPR: 99.63
Reasons for movement: The Dragons rise 21 spots to the top of the hill this week thanks in part to a 25-pt victory against Mesquite, which entered the game at 3-1, and now owns a formidable National PR of 71.02. Meanwhile, the Dragons defeated a Mesquite squad that plays in our Mega Division. Bonus for Southlake Carroll.
Last week's Ranking: 9
This week's Ranking: 27
Last week's NPR: 94.00
This week's NPR: 92.85
Reasons for movement: The Patriots fell 18 spots this week and didn't even lose. You may be asking, "How can that be possible?" Well, while Henry County did indeed win last weekend, 48-14, to move their record to 5-0, the Pats suffered because of a weaker strength of schedule and a win over a weak (PR of 34.02) Treadwell team.
The overall strength of schedule difference between the last seven days was six points. The Pats could drop next week as well, with Central-Merry on the docket and their NPR of 21.90. However, should the Pats beat juggernaut Brighton (5-0 and State PR of 88.47) in two weeks, expect them to rise high in the rankings.
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