Welcome to the first-ever High School Poll Championship Series -- or High School PCS, if you will -- the closest thing to the BCS in the prep school football world. Luckily, there are no games that the PCS leads into, meaning that all of these schools are fighting for a mythical national title and little else. Still, that's a heck of a thing to be fighting for, which means that each and every week is a must-win for any squad that's here in the mix.
Prep Rally can't take full credit for this idea of course; it was originally the brainchild of RivalsHigh mastermind Dallas Jackson, and his RivalsHigh 100 rankings are still our starting point each and every week. They've been averaged in with three other sets of rankings -- the USA Today Super 25 Football Poll, the MaxPreps XCellent 25 and the Massey Computer Rankings -- with each set of rankings worth 25 percent of the score. Each team receives a point for each spot in the top-25 they sit at in each poll, in reverse order (i.e., No. 1 receives 25 points).
From there, the ranking is quite simple: Whichever team has the most points is the top-ranked team, and so on down the list.
The Prep Rally PCS will rank the top-25 squads in this formula each week for the remainder of the season, eventually culminating in a final squad that will have the honor of being the top-ranked team on average. We'll continue to honor the RivalsHigh national champion as we always have, because they deserve the true Yahoo plaudits, but the aim of this system is to provide additional insight into the nation's top teams. We'll also provide which ranking is undercutting each team's combined poll ranking the most.
Without further ado, here are the rankings as they currently stand, now that we're more than a week into the season around the nation. Unsurprisingly, Miami (Fl.) Washington finds itself on top after a heated, 28-17 victory against crosstown rival, No. 8 ranked Miami (Fl.) Central. You can see highlights of that epic replay directly below the rankings.
No. 1 Miami (Fl.) Booker T. Washington -- 97 (Massey low score)
No. 2 Allen (Tx.) -- 96 (all even scores)
No. 3 Bellflower (Ca.) St. John Bosco -- 80 (USA Today, Massey low scores)
No. 4 Desoto (Tx.) -- 79 (USA Today low score)
No. 5 Katy (Tx.) -- 65 (Rivals and Massey low score)
No. 6 Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional -- 64 (USA Today low score)
No. 7 Ft. Lauderdale (Fl.) St. Thomas Aquinas -- 63 (Massey low score)
No. 8 Miami (Fl.) Central -- 57 (Massey low score)
No. 9 Paramus (N.J.) Catholic -- 51 (RivalsHigh low score)
No. 10 Concord (Ca.) De La Salle -- 48 (MaxPreps low score)
No. 10 New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr -- 48 (Massey low score)
No. 12 Birmingham (Al.) Hoover -- 42 (Massey low score)
No. 13 Bellevue (Wa.) -- 41 (RivalsHigh low score)
No. 14 Cincinnati (Oh.) Colerain -- 40 (RivalsHigh low score)
No. 15 Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern -- 38 (Massey low score)
No. 16 Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett -- 36 (Massey low score)
No. 17 Nashville (Tn.) Ensworth -- 33 (RivalsHigh low score)
No. 18 Ft. Lauderdale (Fl.) University School -- 29 (Massey low score)
No. 18 Gardena (Ca.) Junipero Serra -- 29 (RivalsHigh, MaxPreps low score)
No. 18 Jenks (Ok.) -- 29 (MaxPreps low score)
No. 18 Phoenix (Az.) Mountain Pointe -- 29 (Massey low score)
No. 22 Lakewood (Oh.) St. Edward -- 19 (USAToday, MaxPreps and Massey low score)
No. 23 Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith -- 16 (MaxPreps, RivalsHigh, Massey low scores)
No. 23 Coppell (Tx.) -- 16 (USAToday, Rivals.com, Massey low score)
No. 23 River Ridge (La.) John Curtis -- 16 (Massey low score)
Others in the mix: Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes, Detroit (Mi.) Cass Tech, Folsom (Ca.), Chandler (Az.) Hamilton, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek, Chicago (Il.) Mt. Carmel