Today, I took a day off from the high school beat and spent the day at Pac-10 Media Day, which was held at the Rose Bowl.
I will again be covering college football in addition to my high school and area college duties. Our coverage will include a weekly column during the season and blog updates leading up to the 97th Rose Bowl, which I previously picked to be a matchup between Oregon and Boise State.
You can find my predictions for the the Pac-10 here
Well folks, tomorrow I’m on vacation until Aug. 9, hopefully surviving another week in Cabo before another wonderful football season. Steve Ramirez will be here to monitor and post on the blog in my absence, and hopefully you get a few posts from Aram too. It has been a busy month working on “Prep Extra,” our first football preview magazine, which debuts the first week of September.(To continue, click thread).
With all the discussion about top programs, top teams, I thought it would be interesting to post CalPreps’ final state rankings computer poll from the 2009 football season. Calpreps’ state poll obviously factored league, division, strength of schedule, quality wins, opponents’ record, etc, etc. Bishop Amat wins the computer poll easily because in comparison to other valley schools, they crush everyone locally in terms of schedule strength and quality wins, though the CIF titles went to Charter Oak and San Dimas. I ranked Charter Oak No. 1 in our final poll, but this goes to show if you had to compare our locals using a BCS type formula, this is how our top ten would have ended in 2009.
state ranking, team, record
17. Bishop Amat, 10-2
42. Charter Oak. 13-1
114. San Dimas, 13-1
150. Diamond Ranch, 7-7
157. Glendora, 7-4
163. South Hills, 10-3
166. Damien, 5-6
187. West Covina, 7-5
331. Rowland, 8-2
337 Azusa, 11-2
The fabulous inside sources at the Tribune are telling us to mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 6, when Crespi rolls into Kiefer to take on Bishop Amat. The sources say Fox Sports is looking at the Serra League opener for their live high school game of the week and why not, no better place than Kiefer to show the Southland where the greatest fans in the Valley reside.
For the 2010 week-by-week Tribune Prep Football Schedule, click the thread. After a casual glance, here are the top games each week as I see it …
Week 0 – Charter Oak vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
Week 1 – Diamond Ranch vs. Damien at Ganesha, 7 p.m.
Week 2 – West Covina vs. South Hills at CDF, 7 p.m.
Week 3 – Monrovia at San Dimas, 7 p.m.
Week 4 – Diamond Bar vs. Diamond Ranch at Ganesha, 7 p.m.
Week 5 – Venice at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.
Week 6 – South Hills vs. Damien at CDF, 7 p.m.
Week 7 – Rosemead at Arroyo, 7 p.m.
Week 8 – Notre Dame at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.
Week 9 – Glendora at Upland, 7 p.m.
Week 10 – South Hills at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
French star Thierry Henry was a good sport show with New York hosts Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly, but if you remember, France left the World Cup in disgrace, which made the question ever more hilarious. He just signed with the MLS’ New York Red Bulls, and got a taste of the average American non-soccer fan.