Pre-Season Football Rankings 2013 [POLL]
The coaches and media have the first say on the season in August, while the players will have the last say in November.
The talk can now begin as the pre-season football rankings have been compiled, by coaches and media across Wyoming.
Scroll down to vote on which teams you think will take home the trophies.
Since 4A starts 1 week before all other classes, we'll naturally start there.
In what has been a growing trend during the past couple of seasons, the same 4 teams are once again ranked #1-#4, and they are the same teams that have been in the semi-finals for the past 3 years. Defending champ Natrona is #1, with Gillette at #2, Sheridan is #3 and Cheyenne East is #4. The team with the most to prove right out of the gate will be #5 Kelly Walsh. The Trojans open up home vs. #2 Gillette and then travel to #3 Sheridan. KW is hoping to take advantage of the Camels, who will play without UW-bound quarterback Austin Fort, who must serve a 1-game suspension, after being ejected in the state soccer championship game.
In 3A, the west appears to be as dominant this year, as it was last year. Defending champ Powell is #1, followed by Star Valley at #2. The Panthers open up at home vs. last year's 3A East champ Riverton. The question that the Wolverines have to answer is...did they lose too much talent from graduation? Powell does not play their first ranked opponent until October when they travel to Afton...a place that they have not won at since 1999. If any team has to run the gauntlet right out of the gate, it's #3 Douglas. The Bearcats open up at #4 Green River, home vs. #5 Cody, and home vs. #2 Star Valley.
Parity could cause chaos in the 2A ranks, as 12 of the 16 teams received votes...and this class maybe the most unpredictable. Big Horn take the #1 ranking, while Mountain View was given the #2 spot by the voters. The 2 teams in last year's title game are next as runner-up Lovell is #3 and defending champion Lyman is #4. The Eagles have the longest road trip of any team in week 1, as they will travel cross state to open up at Wheatland, who just missed out of the top 5...the #5 spot went to Burns.
The top 3 spots in 1A, comes as little to no surprise. It's the usual suspects of Southeast, Cokeville and Lusk. Upton-Sundance checks in at #4, while Rocky Mountain claims the #5 ranking.
There will be 2 big inter-class games to start the season. The biggest is a matchup of #2's as 1A Cokeville travels to 2A Mountain View, while #5 2A Burns plays at #1 1A Southeast (SE goes to Cokeville in week 2).
Not much excitement is scheduled for the first week of 6-man, but that could give the new teams a chance to prove themselves. Defending champ Dubois is #1, and open up home vs. Normative Services. The #2 team is Midwest, which has had trouble getting past the semi-finals the past couple of years. Is this the year, that they get over the hump? Little Snake River is #3, and might have the most dangerous week 1 game, home vs. Carbon County rival...and 6-man new team, Saratoga. Meeteetse has Seth Bennett back, and he was the leading rusher in the state last year in 6-man. The tough part for the #4 Longhorns is that they play both Dubois and LSR on the road, but perhaps a zero week game in Texas, could teach them something. Kaycee is #5. The Buckaroos will take their game over to the reservation to welcome Wyoming Indian into the 6-man ranks.