Not a Lot of Variation in the New WyoPreps Football Rankings
There are subtle changes in the fifth WyoPreps.com Coaches and Media Football Poll released on Wednesday.
This week has no changes at the top, as five No. 1 ranked teams, Cheyenne Central, Powell, Mountain View, Southeast, and Farson-Eden retained their position. Two of those top-ranked teams are unanimous choices in the new poll.
There are two new teams to the rankings and shuffling three of the five classifications.
Class 2A has the most change, as two teams dropped from the top five. The Buffalos of Mountain View High School stay in first with 11 votes for No. 1. Upton-Sundance jumps up two spots to second after their win over last week’s No. 2, Wheatland. The Patriots received four first-place votes. The Lyman Eagles break out of a tie for fifth last week and move to third. They also were named No. 1 on four ballots. Torrington is alone in fourth after being in that tie for fifth a week ago. The new team to the rankings is Big Piney at No. 5. The Punchers also got a first-place vote. Wheatland and Lovell fall out of the poll but still received votes, along with Thermopolis.
In Class 1A-9 man, the top four are the same. Southeast stays No. 1 with 11 first-place votes. Rocky Mountain, Lusk, and Shoshoni are two, three, and four. The new team at No. 5 is Lingle-Ft. Laramie. The Doggers are back in the poll after a week’s absence. Three other teams received votes.
Two classes, 3A and 6-man, have some small movement.
Powell earned 13 votes for No. 1 and the Panthers hold the top spot for the second consecutive week. The Broncs flip positions in the latest rankings. Jackson moves back to No. 2, which pushes Cody down to third. Star Valley and Douglas hold their spots in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Farson-Eden is the only team that has remained No. 1 since the preseason poll. The Pronghorns are a unanimous pick for the top spot in Class 1A-6 man with all 10 first-place votes. Encampment stays second this week. Kaycee moves to third, while Little Snake River is up to fourth. Burlington is 0-2 in conference action but those losses are to No. 1 and No. 4. The Huskies garnered just enough votes to stay in the top-5 at No. 5. They edged out Meeteetse, who along with Guernsey-Sunrise received votes.
Class 4A is the only division with no differences from last week. Cheyenne Central is a unanimous pick for No. 1. The Indians earned all 25 first-place votes. Thunder Basin holds in second, but the Bolts are just 12 points in the balloting ahead of No. 3 Sheridan. Cheyenne East and Natrona County hold at four and five, and both earned the vast majority of votes for those two spots.
Looking at big games that involve ranked teams this week, in Class 4A No. 4 Cheyenne East is at No. 3 Sheridan. From 3A, there’s the Park County rivalry, as No. 3 Cody goes to No. 1 Powell. You also have No. 4 Star Valley at No. 2 Jackson. Class 2A features No. 3 Lyman at fifth-ranked Big Piney and second-ranked Upton-Sundance traveling to Torrington to face the No. 5 Trailblazers. In 1A-9 man, No. 5 Lingle-Ft. Laramie tries to hold down third-ranked Lusk. Both of those teams scored 56 in wins last week. There are no ranked match-ups in Class 1A-6 man but No. 5 Burlington is at Meeteetse, who is just outside the top-5.
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Disclaimer: The WyoPreps Coaches and Media Poll is done strictly for fun. It does not have any bearing on the playoffs or playoff positioning.