Typically, the Top 10 Games list is a small part of our high school football coverage in Sports Monday. But occasionally, there comes a week like this, where such treatment would be a disservice.
It's only Week 6 of the high school football season, yet some of this week's matchups would be fitting in November — or even December. Four games pair teams currently ranked in the top three of their classes, not to mention a few other meetings of ranked opponents.
In honor of the big week, we even give you a sneak peek at some of the updated rankings for the teams involved. The Oklahoman's full rankings will be released Monday on NewsOK.com/Varsity.
Here are the top 10 games of Week 6:
1. Class 5A No. 2 Guthrie (5-0) at No. 1 Carl Albert (4-1)
We've seen what Carl Albert is made of, with wins over Deer Creek and McGuinness the last two weeks. But what is Guthrie made of? The Bluejays are 5A's only unbeaten team, and have been since Week 3. They look the part of a No. 2 team, especially with running back Kai Callins returning to form. But the Jays haven't been tested yet. Their 5-0 record is against a string of opponents that have combined for four victories this season.
2. Class 6A No. 3 Broken Arrow (4-1) at No. 1 Jenks (5-0)
Can anybody take down Jenks? If it's going to happen in the regular season, it'll probably have to be Broken Arrow Friday or Westmoore next week. Otherwise, the Trojans will be steamrolling into the playoffs.
3. Class 2A No. 3 Oklahoma Christian (4-1) at No. 1 Millwood (5-0)
OCS shocked the Falcons in this meeting last year, the first sign that the Saints were legitimate contenders for the state title they eventually won.
4. Class 4A No. 3 Anadarko (5-0) at No. 2 Clinton (4-1)
A state title game rematch. Anadarko won the regular season battle by a touchdown, but Clinton took the title game by a TD.
5. Class 6A No. 6 Lawton (5-0) at No. 10 Southmoore (3-2)
Southmoore's losses are to top-5 teams, Edmond Santa Fe and Westmoore. Lawton was pushed by Edmond Memorial and Choctaw in its last two wins. Southmoore is the Wolverines' toughest opponent to date.
6. Class 4A No. 6 Poteau (5-0) at No. 9 Fort Gibson (4-1)
Poteau survived a couple of tough games in the first two weeks of the season, but it has been blowing out opponents since. Fort Gibson bounced back strong from its Week 3 loss to No. 7 Catoosa.
7. Class B No. 2 Wetumka (5-0) at No. 7 Dewar (4-1)
It seems there's a matchup of this caliber every week in the 8-man world. Wetumka hasn't played a game closer than 20 points, while Dewar has reeled off four straight wins since losing its opener to No. 3 Rejoice Christian.
8. Class C No. 5 Balko (5-0) at No. 7 Shattuck (4-1)
Balko is one of five unbeatens remaining in Class C, while Shattuck is trying to climb back to the top of the class after last year's three-win performance.
9. Class 4A unranked Glenpool (3-2) at No. 4 Douglass (4-1)
Harrah's upset of Glenpool spoiled the possibility of this being another top-10 duel, knocking the Warriors out of the rankings. But there's still a ton on the line
10. Class 3A No. 3 Seminole at unranked Bethany
Seminole hasn't been challenged, and Bethany has been heating up since an opening-week loss to No. 1 Blanchard. And this is The Children's Center Bowl, Bethany's annual fundraiser game for The Children's Center, a private, nonprofit pediatric hospital serving children with complex medical and physical disabilities.
Just missed the cut: Class A Crescent at No. 6 Minco; Class 5A No. 7 Ardmore at Duncan; Class 3A Purcell at No. 7 Plainview.