OHSAA computer rankings have Moeller, Kings, Badin, Mariemont on top

A day after the initial Ohio Sportswriter's Association poll was released declaring St. Xavier High School as the top Division I football team, the OHSAA computer ratings, provided by, provide a difference of opinion.

After four weeks, thenumbers that ultimately determine playoff slottinghave Moeller's 4-0 Crusaders as the top Division I team in Region 4. Rounding out the top eight (in order) are St. Xavier, Milford, Lakota East, Lakota West, Princeton, Colerain and Mason.

Moeller tight end  Josh Kattus during a 7-on-7 game against Mason on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

Based on the rating, Friday night's Moeller vs. St. Xavier contest at the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium is now a No. 1 vs. No. 2, at least in the eyes of mathematicians. 

In previous years, eight from each region qualified. Last year, due to the coronavirus pandemic limiting schedules, every team that opted in qualified for the postseason.

This year, based on offseason changes, 16 teams from each region will qualify. So, if the season ended today, the No. 1 seed Moeller would play the No. 16 seed, which is now a tie between Lebanon or Oak Hills. Only one team in Division I, Region 4, will not make the playoffs. 

Sporting the flag of the USA, Gavin Legault leads the charge of Kings Knights onto the field prior to their game against Anderson, Sept. 10, 2021.

In Division II, the computer also differs from the media as Kings is at No. 1 and La Salle No. 2. Just down the list are Turpin at No. 6 and Anderson at No. 8. Division II, Region 8 includes 25 teams vying for 16 playoff spots.

Division III features Badin as the No. 1 team in Region 12, followed by Ross at No. 2. Ross will be at Badin Saturday night with the game being played at Edgewood High School. There are 27 area teams in Region 12.

Wyoming running back C.J.Hester celebrates after scoring a touchdown during their scrimmage against Northwest, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.

The top computer-ranked teams in Division IV, Region 16, are Wyoming at No. 4 and McNicholas at No. 5. Region 16 has 25 teams after 16 playoff positions.

Division V, Region 20, has Mariemont and Reading of the Cincinnati Hills League at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. The squads meet up Oct. 15 at Mariemont. Region 20 features 26 teams.

Mariemont prepares to storm the field

Top local teams from Division VI, Region 24, are Gamble Montessori at No. 7 and Cincinnati Country Day at No. 8 among the 25 schools. In Division VII, Region 28, Cincinnati College Prep Academy comes in at No. 10 of the 28 schools in the grouping.

Here is the first full report for Southwest District teams:

Division I

Region 4 - 1. Archbishop Moeller (4-0) 11.4331, 2. St. Xavier (4-0) 10.85, 3. Milford (3-1) 8.2614, 4. Lakota East (3-1) 7.426, 5. Lakota West (3-1) 7.375, 6. Princeton (3-1) 7.025, 7. Colerain (2-2) 5.8258, 8. Mason (2-2) 4.5631, 9. Sycamore (2-2) 4.4381, 10. Hamilton (1-1) 4.0625, 11. Walnut Hills (2-2) 4.0485, 12. Elder (1-2) 3.3333, 13. Western Hills (1-1) 2.25, 14. Fairfield (1-2) 2.1667, 15. West Clermont (1-3) 1.625, 16. Lebanon (0-3) 0, 16. Cin. Oak Hills (0-4) 0

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