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Inaugural 1016sports 2013 Fall preseason rankings released
August 26, 2013By Brad Laux of 1016sports
Welcome to a new feature for 1016sports: top-10 rankings for each Fall team sport (football, volleyball, and boys' and girls' soccer). All 34 schools (including Wolfe County) in the 10th and 16th Regions are included, a total which equals 25 football teams, 31 volleyball teams, 26 boys' soccer teams and 24 girls' soccer teams. The rankings are not broken down by region, but a combined overview of all squads, regardless of enrollment or affiliation.
The rankings reflect my opinion of the order of teams by overall talent. Individual records and post-season titles are a factor, but the primary criteria I have used is whether or not I think the No. 1 team would beat the No. 2 team (and on down the line) in head-to-head competiton at a neutral site.
There's not much scientific to the inaugural polls. The rankings are based on preseason information I have collected from the coaches throughout the region, plus interviews I have done, current rosters, as well as my own observations. At the time of this initial ranking, I probably have spoken to only about half of the 106 coaches, so the selections are merely educated guesses, and very possibly off base. But, as the season progresses and I see more teams compete, the polls hopefully should balance out.
Please note, this is only done for fun and a conversation piece.
With that said, here is the 2013 preseason rankings with last season's record in parenthesis and a note about the No. 1 team in each sport:
Look for new polls each Monday or Tuesday. Rankings for Week 1 will be out tomorrow.