A look at the top large high school football teams in Middle Tennessee, as ranked by the USA Today Sports network for Middle Tennessee.
Large schools consist of teams from Class 4A, Class 5A, Class 6A and Division II-AA.
1. Brentwood Academy: Tennessean Male Athlete of the year Jeremiah Oatsvall returns to lead offense after winning the school’s first state title since 2007. Last year: 12-1. This week: Friday vs. Olive Branch (Miss.)
2. Oakland: The Patriots, coming off consecutive Class 6A semifinal appearances, feature a pair of SEC commitments in JaCoby Stevens and Kaleb Oliver. Last year: 12-2. This week: Friday vs. Jackson North Side (at MTSU).
3. Ensworth: The Tigers look to bounce back after suffering through their first sub.-500 season in school history in 2015. Last year: 5-7. This week: Friday vs. Trinity (Ky.).
4. Blackman: Master Teague is the latest in a growing line of talented Blaze running backs. Last year: 10-3. This week: Idle.
5. MBA: Workhorse running back Ty Chandler returns to lead the Big Red, which is coming off its second straight BlueCross Bowl appearance. Last year: 11-2. This week: Friday vs. Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.).
6. Independence: Reigning 5A champs must replace offensive stars Nate Johnson and Andrew Bunch, but Eagles have plenty of talent returning. Last year: 15-0. This week: Friday vs. Brentwood.
7. Smyrna: John Turner and Casey Perkins return to lead offense after reaching the Class 6A quarterfinals a season ago. Last year: 9-4. This week: Friday vs. La Vergne.
8. Hendersonville: Commandos, who must replace their top two rushers from 2015, are looking for their fourth straight 10-win season. Last year: 10-2. This week: Friday at McGavock.
9. Franklin: All-Midstate first-teamer Caden Williams and junior Georgia commitment Max Wray lead an experienced Rebels offensive line. Last year: 8-4. This week: Friday vs. Centennial.
10. Henry County: Patriots return a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in juniors Caleb McCutcheon and Lukas Reynolds, but defense lacks experience. Last year: 10-3. This week: Friday at Liberty.