Let’s be honest. We like rankings.
We like seeing where folks think our favorite sports teams are listed. It provides water cooler fodder for the upcoming week.
Well, we took that to heart for high school football in the Midstate.
A group of eight high school sports writers from news outlets in the USA Today Sports network for Middle Tennessee met last week and ranked all 126 prep football programs eligible for the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association postseason within The Tennessean’s coverage area.
It was one of three football rankings that we as a group chose to take on for the start of the 2016 season, which kicks off Thursday with a couple games and a full slate on Friday.
The other two rankings, which will be updated all season, are a Midstate large-school poll and a small-school poll. There has been chatter over the years of a need for a smaller poll. After all, the chance of a Class 1A program ever making it to the No. 1 spot of the past Midstate poll wasn’t really ever feasible.
The large-school poll will consist of teams in Class 4A-6A as well as Division II-AA. Brentwood Academy is the top-ranked team in the large-school pool. The small school includes teams from Class 1A-3A along with Division II-A. Christ Presbyterian Academy is ranked first in the small-school pool.
No, we didn’t ask if any small school wanted to move up to the large-school poll. And we didn’t look to see if we have the same amount of schools in each poll. Our heads spin enough during the TSSAA’s reclassification meetings to consider such a thing.
Each Monday, like in past years, we’ll update both Midstate polls using input from our reporters across Middle Tennessee.
But our rankings of all 126 programs won’t be updated as the season goes on. The debate around our dry erase board was lively enough. I’m not sure we can handle that on a weekly basis.
However, we will meet one more time after the state championships are won in Cookeville in December to do a final poll for all schools.
Reach Tom Kreager at 615-259-8089 and on Twitter @Kreager.