You could make the argument that Carl Albert, the defending Class 5A champion, is once again the best team in the class.
But you could also make the argument that the Titans aren't even the best team in their district. Guthrie is expected to also contend for the gold ball.
The rivalry between Carl Albert and Guthrie has gained some serious steam in recent years, and this year's battle in Week 7 at Carl Albert might be one of the more anticipated battles between the clubs.
Coaches were in agreement that the two were the best teams, though there was much debate about who deserved the No. 1 spot. The Titans barely edged the Bluejays.
Dinkines a big target for Deer Creek
Last year saw so many injuries to the Deer Creek team and to most of its top players. Last year's bumps and bruises have led to this year's high expectations.
"We were able to get a lot of guys quality time playing varsity," coach Grant Gower said. "We have a lot of experience coming back."
Running back Colten Sander is one of those players returning from injury while wide receiver Hunter Dinkines is one of those players who gained valuable varsity experience last year.
Dinkines has worked all summer with quarterbacks Alex Christensen and Joel Blumenthal and might be the No. 1 target for the Antlers.
Hawkins working his way into shape
Carl Albert coach Gary Rose doesn't want to penalize Taylor Hawkins for his baseball prowess, but it's put Hawkins in a disadvantageous position.
Hawkins only returned to the Titans last week after being a part of the American Legion champion Oklahoma Outlaws.
"He's going to be OK. He just needs to get some time in and get into football shape," senior defensive back Dwight Dobbins said.
Hawkins, a junior, is battling it out with junior Dillan Dansby for the starting quarterback position.
Wilcots a bright spot for Jays
Senior Kentrell Brothers and sophomore quarterback Bryan Dutton have attracted much of Guthrie's attention, but it's the running game and the offensive line that is standing out to coach Rafe Watkins.
Guthrie is hoping for a healthy senior year from Alfonso Wilcots. The running back suffered an ankle injury when he was a sophomore at Edmond North and was rendered ineffective last year for the Bluejays.
Wilcots has been healthy so far and showed what he can do without pads; he is also a vital member of the Guthrie track team. The offensive line will be paced by Blake Belcher.
Western Heights is coming off a two-win season, but quarterback Kenneth Mayfield is an explosive talent that should get the Jets soaring again. ... Nelson Williams and Jay Gogue will be the leaders for Southeast in the secondary, which should be the strength of the team.
Coaches poll for 5A-1 1. Carl Albert (12-2) 2. Guthrie (8-5) 3. Ada (7-4) 4. El Reno (12-1) 5. Deer Creek (4-6) 6. Noble (2-8) 7. Southeast (2-8) 8. Western Heights (2-8) Note: 2009 record in parentheses