Week 8: NorCal CIF Bowl Rankings

Posted on October 16, 2012 by

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Jalen Harvey has been a dynamic performer all season long for El Cerrito, which stayed at No. 2 in this week’s Division III North bowl game rankings. Photo by Harold Abend.

No. 1 teams remain De La Salle, Placer, Marin Catholic and Central Catholic, but will Placer stay on top in D2 or do Hillmen look headed to D3? Go inside to read analysis of every division by long-time editor Mark Tennis. Check Wednesday for column on proposal to scrap CIF regional bowl games.

Note: The top 10 teams that would be ranked by CalHiSportsFootball for the CIF Open Division in Northern California would be:

1. De La Salle (Concord); 2. Elk Grove; 3. Franklin (Elk Grove); 4. Bellarmine (San Jose); 5. Folsom; 6. Serra (San Mateo); 7. Deer Valley (Antioch); 8. Placer (Auburn); 9. Luther Burbank (Sacramento); 10. Buhach Colony (Atwater).

With assistance from Harold Abend and Paul Muyskens, here are the Week 8 rankings for each of Northern California’s CIF bowl game divisions (previous ranking in parentheses; after games of Saturday, Oct. 13):

DIVISION I NORTH
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 7-0
2. (2) Elk Grove 7-0
3. (3) Franklin (Elk Grove) 7-0
4. (5) Folsom 7-0
5. (4) Bellarmine (San Jose) 5-1
6. (6) Serra (San Mateo) 5-1
7. (7) Deer Valley (Antioch) 6-1
8. (8) Luther Burbank (Sacramento) 7-0
9. (9) Buhach Colony (Atwater) 5-2
10. (10) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 5-2
11. (12) Monte Vista (Danville) 6-1
12. (11) Oak Grove (San Jose) 6-0
13. (13) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 6-1
14. (14) Granite Bay 4-3
15. (15) California (San Ramon) 6-1
Drops: None.
Bubble Teams: Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 4-2, Del Oro (Loomis) 3-4, Foothill (Pleasanton) 4-3, Freedom (Oakley) 5-2, Grant (Sacramento) 2-5, James Logan (Union City) 6-1, Lincoln (Stockton) 4-3, Milpitas 5-1, Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 5-2, San Ramon Valley (Danville) 3-4, St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 5-1.
No. 1 Team Result: De La Salle (Concord) defeated Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 52-24.
Race for No. 1: There was very little change in this week’s rankings in this division. The only team that lost was No. 6 Serra, but the Padres could hardly be dropped after losing 35-34 in overtime to No. 5 Bellarmine. There should be a lot more moves next week in the aftermath of games such as No. 1 De La Salle hosting No. 11 Monte Vista and No. 2 Elk Grove hosting No. 3 Franklin. Two teams from the bubble that played each other last week were Freedom of Oakley and Pittsburg. Freedom won 49-48 in one of the wildest games in Northern California so far this season.

DIVISION II NORTH
1. (1) Placer (Auburn) 7-0
2. (2) Oakdale 6-1
3. (4) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 7-0
4. (5) Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove) 6-1
5. (8) Yuba City 6-1
6. (7) Northgate (Walnut Creek) 6-1
7. (9) Concord 7-1
8. (NR) Inderkum (Sacramento) 5-2
9. (NR) Vista del Lago (Folsom) 7-1
10. (6) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 5-2
Drops: Previous No. 3 Paradise lost to Chico 36-35; No. 10 Benicia lost to Vallejo 28-19.
Bubble Teams: Enterprise (Redding) 5-2, Foothill (Palo Cedro) 4-3, Paradise 5-2, Sierra (Manteca) 6-1, Washington (Fremont) 5-2.
No. 1 Team Result: Placer defeated Bear River (Lake of the Pines) 14-7.
Race for No. 1: There’s still a few weeks to go, but early indications according to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section office are that Placer will be in the section’s Division IV bracket and not Division III. We will wait until that is official, but if it happens there would be a new No. 1 at the top of this division with Placer switching to D3 North. Perhaps just as significant a development in this division is Paradise’s 36-35 upset loss to Chico in the Northern Section. With Paradise losing, that just about guarantees that the eventual Northern Section D1 champ is going to have at least two losses. It also will pretty much take out the Northern Section for the D2 North equation. Whether Placer is in play or not, the likelihood here is for a Sac-Joaquin D3 vs. North Coast D2 matchup in the regional bowl game. There could still be a CCS Division I champion that gets into the mix, but only if that team ends up being a competitive third-place team from the West Catholic Athletic League.
Note about CIF Central Coast Section teams: Once the playoff brackets are announced, we expect several quality teams from CCS “A” leagues that are not going to be in the CCS Open Division to be placed in the section’s Division I or Division II brackets. Examples could be a third-place team from the West Catholic Athletic League or a second-place team from the De Anza League (Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Milpitas, etc.). At that point, those teams would then get placed into our D2 North bowl game rankings (they are all considered Division I now) and it’s possible one or more of those teams will be ranked near the top.

DIVISION III NORTH
1. (1) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 7-1
2. (2) El Cerrito 7-0
3. (3) Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 7-0
4. (4) Seaside 6-0
5. (5) Sutter 7-0
6. (6) Campolindo (Moraga) 6-1
7. (7) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 6-1
8. (8) Ripon 8-0
9. (9) Los Banos 6-1
10. (10) Soquel 5-1
Drops: None.
Bubble Teams: Analy (Sebastopol) 8-0, Aptos 5-2, Argonaut (Jackson) 7-0, Carmel 5-1, Escalon 5-2, Hilmar 6-2, Menlo School (Atherton) 5-1, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 5-1, Salesian (Richmond) 7-1, St. Helena 7-0, West Valley (Cottonwood) 6-1.
No. 1 Team Result: Marin Catholic (Kentfield) defeated Terra Linda (San Rafael) 45-6.
Race for No. 1: With the top three teams in this division all slated to be in the North Coast Section D3 playoff bracket, the question is becoming which other section champ is going to be in the NorCal bowl game. If Placer of Auburn (No. 1 in D2 North) does indeed drop down, the Hillmen would take care of that berth by winning the Sac-Joaquin D4 crown. If Placer stays up, one team to watch for is No. 5 Sutter. The Huskies, who beat Gridley last week 62-0, have a huge game this week against Enterprise of Redding. If Sutter wins, based on other scores last week and throughout the season, the team would have a claim at being the No. 1 team in the Northern Section regardless of school size. And with No. 4 Seaside only winning by 12-7 over Monte Vista Christian, a big win by Sutter could indeed push the Huskies past the Spartans.
Note about CIF Central Coast Section teams: Once the playoff brackets are announced, we expect several quality teams from CCS “A” leagues that are not going to be in the CCS Open Division to be placed in the section’s Division III or Division IV brackets. At that point, those teams would then get placed into our D3 North bowl game rankings and it’s possible one or more of those teams will be ranked near the top.

DIVISION IV NORTH
1. (1) Central Catholic (Modesto) 5-2
2. (2) McClymonds (Oakland) 3-3
3. (3) Ferndale 6-1
4. (4) Le Grand 6-1
5. (5) Pierce (Arbuckle) 7-0
6. (6) Capital Christian (Sacramento) 6-1
7. (7) Portola 7-0
8. (8) Valley Christian (Dublin) 5-2
9. (9) Upper Lake 5-2
10. (10) Foresthill 6-1
Drops: None.
Bubble Teams: Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) 3-4, California School for the Deaf (Fremont) 6-1, Maxwell 5-2, Modesto Christian (Modesto) 4-3, St. Bernard (Eureka) 5-2, St. Vincent de Paul (Petaluma) 5-2.
No. 1 Team Result: Central Catholic did not play.
Race for No. 1: In all of Northern California from last week’s bowl game rankings, there were only three teams that lost and two of those were to higher-ranked foes. The D4 North group was the same as D3 North in that no one lost. The indication of Placer going into the same Sac-Joaquin playoff division as Central Catholic, however, has a major impact on the D4 North bowl game. This is because the odds of the Raiders losing in their section playoffs could be much higher and opens up the bowl possibilities for several other teams.

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