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The Oklahoman's Class 5A rankings: A new -- and obvious -- No. 1

by Scott Wright Modified: October 14, 2013 at 11:05 am •  Published: October 14, 2013
GHS head coach Rafe Watkins talks with his players during a time out during the high school football game between Guthrie at Carl Albert in Midwest City, Friday, October 11, 2013.  Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
GHS head coach Rafe Watkins talks with his players during a time out during the high school football game between Guthrie at Carl Albert in Midwest City, Friday, October 11, 2013. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

In the least surprising change of the week, there’s a new No. 1 in Class 5A.

With its 28-21 win at Carl Albert, Guthrie overtakes the top spot. Guthrie is the only undefeated team in Class 5A, and has been since Week 3. But now the Bluejays finally have that big statement victory that they previously lacked.

With the loss, Carl Albert falls to No. 3, which was a difficult decision, because it’s tough weighing Carl Albert’s 4-2 record against McAlester’s 5-1 mark.

Carl Albert’s schedule has been a little tougher, but the notable games for each are fairly comparable — with the exception of Carl Albert’s loss to Guthrie. McAlester has wins over two top-10 teams in 5A, Claremore and Shawnee. Carl Albert has wins over No. 5 Deer Creek and McGuinness, which isn’t far outside the top 10. And both teams have losses to solid 6A programs that would be ranked in the top 15 of that class, McAlester to Tulsa Washington and Carl Albert to Southmoore.

With two teams so closely matched, the decision had to come down to the simplest factor — record.

No changes to the rest of the poll, with wins across the board from 4-10. Shawnee and Tulsa Kelley square off in the biggest game of the week for 5A Thursday night.

Here’s The Oklahoman’s Class 5A top 10 poll:

Rank, Team, Record (Prev.)
1. Guthrie, 6-0 (2)
2. McAlester, 5-1 (3)
3. Carl Albert, 4-2 (1)
4. Lawton MacArthur, 4-2 (4)
5. Deer Creek, 4-2 (5)
6. Tulsa Kelley, 5-1 (6)
7. Ardmore, 5-1 (7)
8. Del City, 3-3 (8)
9. Claremore, 5-1 (9)
10. Shawnee, 4-2 (10)
Dropped out: None

– Scott Wright, swright@opubco.com
Twitter: @ScottWrightOK

by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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