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November 27, 2013
NCP Bowl Rankings
We are less than two weeks away from high school football's version of Selection Sunday and the field of eligible teams dwindles. Which teams are in the best position heading into Thanksgiving weekend?
NCP Bowl Rankings
With two weeks left of section playoff action, there are 16 teams eligible for the Open Division and Division I regional bowl spots. De La Salle and Folsom continue on their collision course for an Open Division regional bowl rematch while the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II winner will meet the Central Coast Section Open Division if everything else holds.
No. 5 Del Oro is the favorite in the SJS and host Yuba City this week. The Golden Eagles haven't lost in the section this season with losses against Notre Dame-Sherman Oaks and De La Salle. Serra is the favorite in the CCS Open Division, which features four West Catholic Athletic League teams. The Padres and Mitty shared the WCAL regular season title.
At this point, it looks like a three section race for two spots in Division II, which sent Oakdale and Clayton Valley Charter to the regional game last year. The North Coast Section has the top two teams in Clayton Valley Charter and Casa Grande and the winner of this expected section final would move on. Miramonte could also provide a good argument with losses to just Marin Catholic and Campolindo. Montgomery is the other team in the bracket with a 10-2 record.
The other spot likely falls to Enterprise, if it can beat Paradise in the Northern Section Division I finals, or St. Francis-Mountain View, which faces Palo Alto in the CCS Division II semi-finals. Inderkum and Manteca are also players from the SJS, but needs things to fall right ahead of them.
NCS Division III is the cream of the crop with the top four teams in Marin Catholic, Campolindo, El Cerrito and Analy. Marin Catholic is the favorite after rolling to its 11th straight win, but El Cerrito's defense has been outstanding in recent weeks. Campolindo, which beat El Cerrito in the regular season, is also 11-0 and went to the Division III state bowl game two years ago.
The second spot is wide open with programs like Sacred Heart Prep, Hilmar and Carmel, West Valley and San Marin. Ripon checks in at No.9, but has a tough semi-final against Division IV No. 1 team Central Catholic. Last year, Sutter from the Northern Section earned the nod.
Call this eligibility week in Division IV. Central Catholic continues its run through SJS Division IV and will host 11-1 Ripon on Friday. McClymonds, Bradshaw Christian and Le Grand can all become bowl eligible with section titles this weekend. Will upsets help thin the field?
In NCS Division V, Salesian and Valley Christian-Dublin meet with the winner being a dark horse candidate if things in front of them fall apart. Valley Christian beat Salesian 21-12 three weeks ago.