The Nation:

The 2016 Mythical National Champion: Bishop Gorman (NV)

States that started 8/18: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Alaska and Hawaii are the only states to start a week before 8/18.

There are 5 national polls that are widely used to rank teams throughout the nation, and they are: MaxPreps, USAToday, High school Football America, Prepnation, and CalPreps (Freeman). There have been/are many other sites that do rankings but these are the most credible.

The #1 team from each poll is as follows: MaxPreps, Mater Dei (CA), USAToday, St John Bosco (CA), High School Football America, St John Bosco (CA), Prepnation, Mater Dei (CA), and Calpreps, IMG Academy (FL).

Notable top games for Week of 8/25: IMG Academy (FL) at Chandler (AZ). St. John Bosco (CA) at St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) DeMatha (MD) at Bishop Gorman (NV).

Games on TV for week 1: Friday 8/25: St. John Bosco (CA) vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (FL), 7 p.m., ESPNU, DeMatha (MD) vs. Bishop Gorman (NV), 9 p.m., ESPN

Saturday 8/26: Tulsa Union (OK) vs. Broken Arrow (OK), Noon, ESPN, Saraland (AL) vs. Heard County (GA), 3:30 p.m., ESPNU, Bartram Trail (FL) vs. Cartersville (GA), 7:30 p.m., ESPN2, IMG Academy (FL) vs. Chandler (AZ), 10:30 p.m., ESPNU

Sunday 8/27: Wayne (OH) vs. Pine-Richland (PA), 1:30 p.m., ESPN.

Kentucky vs. the Nation:

In the week of 8/18, Kentucky played 16 out of state games. Kentucky won 13 of those. The schools representing the state were: Bracken County, Crittenden County, Fulton County, Fulton City, Male, Mason County, Mayfield, Pulaski County, Henderson County, Ballard Memorial, Southwestern, St. Xavier, Trinity, Warren East, Williamsburg, and Central Hardin.

The state of Kentucky will have 18 out of state games in the week of 8/25. It is nice to see how Kentucky fairs against teams from other states. Good luck to all of our teams!