We have now reached the crucial 3rd week of the national prep football calendar. At this point most every state has seen 3 weeks of varsity football. Some states (like Kentucky & Tennessee) have had intervarsity action since August 1st, but for national rankings Maxpreps' Freeman Computer Scoring needed 3 games worth of stats to establish a true and stable process of scoring teams.
What we've seen over the past month is a hybrid blend, starting with a preseason scoring (which relies on analyzing returning rosters and the influence of last year's ending score) plus what little stats were entered early this season.
So, starting this Tuesday, we will see rankings based solely on this year's performances. As the season progresses, we will continually see fine tuning and movement will likely continue in 'baby steps', compared to some of the radical adjustments some of the teams have recently been subjected to.
Many teams are currently starting work on scheduling next year's games. Careful attention needs to be given to getting appropriate competition, so that your team has ample opportunity to be recognized for your full capabilities. For some that may mean limiting some matches with teams who fail to bring a challenging game. It may require some bigger travel concessions in order to fill out a competitive schedule. Some homeschool teams have developed leagues and rivalries which have sentimental and social connections. But developing your student athletes should be a top priority. If you don't bring out your team's best efforts and push them further than they would venture on their own, you may be selling them short?
One more matter needs to be announced. Four homeschool football teams were dropped last week because they failed to report games to Maxpreps. This weekend they resumed their reporting and We reinstated them provisionally. They will not remain in the rankings list near the end of the season unless they continue to have reported their games properly.