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September 3, 2013The initial NorCalPreps.com Bowl Rankings are set with plenty of regional bowl participants rated high to start 2013. Which section winners have the inside track come December?
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There was no change in the expected Division I bowl rankings after week 0 action with all seven teams in action winning. The power of Northern California resides in Division I, but there are shuffling parts as the Sac-Joaquin Section doesn't set its Division I and Division II fields until after the season and the Central Coast Section Open Division field is always influx. Expect the winners of the North Coast Section Division I, SJS Division I and II and CCS Open Division to make up the matchups in the Open Division and Division I regional bowl games.
Games to watch this week include overall No. 1 De La Salle and overall No. 9 Serra, which figures to be a top two team in the West Catholic Athletic League, and Folsom traveling to Granite Bay in a matchup of defending SJS champions. It will be the first game for new Granite Bay head coach James Albano.
Clayton Valley Charter stays in the top spot after playing De La Salle tougher than most expected in a 34-14 loss. The Eagles are the defending NCS Division II champions and lost to Oakdale in the NorCal Division II regional bowl game. NCS Division II figures to be a premier division to watch with Casa Grande (No. 2) and Rancho Cotate (No. 3) headlining the group.
Like last year, the SJS Division III winner figures to be in a good spot for a regional bowl bid with Vista del Lago (No. 4), Inderkum (No. 5), Cosumnes Oaks (No. 6), Manteca (No. 7) and American Canyon (No. 10).
If the Northern Section is able to garner a regional bowl bid, it looks like Enterprise (No. 8) and Paradise (No. 9) are its best bets. Paradise lost a marquee home game to Grant 33-14. Enterprise will travel out of the section to take on 2012 state runner-up Oakdale on Friday.
The NCS Division III winner (Marin Catholic) reached the state bowl game and NCS programs make up five of the 10 ranked teams in DIII. El Cerrito has the top spot after beating NorCal runner-up Sutter 34-14 followed by Marin Catholic and Cardinal Newman. Analy, fresh off an impressive 37-21 win over Pittsburg, is No. 6 and Campolindo is No. 7. El Cerrito will take on Division I power Bellarmine Prep on Saturday.
In the SJS, teams like Los Banos, Placer, Center and Escalon are in the initial rankings, but will likely have to get past Division IV's top team, Central Catholic, in the SJS Division IV field. Los Banos beat Escalon 20-3 in a week 0 ranked matchup.
The story is pretty basic in Division IV. If Central Catholic can navigate its schedule and bracket to win the SJS Division IV playoffs, the Raiders are headed back to a regional bowl and likely beyond. The Raiders opened their state title defense with a 49-13 win over Placer. Central Catholic doesn't get to rest long with a trip to St. Mary's-Stockton for the Holy Bowl on Friday.
Ferndale (No. 2) and McClymonds (No. 3) are in the same spots they ended 2012 and Capital Christian (No. 5) gets off to a quick start with a 48-0 win over Golden Sierra. Junior Justice Shelton-Mosley accounted for more than 300 total yards for Capital Christian.
The key for this division is getting quality section winners with many of the top teams playing higher divisions.