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East Bay Football Preseason Super Poll

OK, so the bashing us and telling us we’re idiots can begin. Here’s our inaugural poll of the season. Are there mistakes? Sure. Will things change drastically in the first few weeks? No doubt. But this is our crack at gauging who are the top teams in the East Bay at the start of the season. Keep an eye out here for the early release of the poll each Monday night (it runs in the paper each Tuesday). This is an early preview of the poll that will run in our Prep Football Preview Section on Thursday. Also, keep an eye on Prep Corner for even more poll action throughout the season (you’ll see what I mean starting next week).

Team ’07 Record Points Last year
1. De La Salle (11) 13-0 165 1
2. San Ramon Valley 12-1-1 147 2
3. California 11-2 145 3
4. Las Lomas 13-1 122 6
5. Pittsburg 6-5 121 8
6. Monte Vista 8-4 119 5
7. San Leandro 8-3 85 7
8. Foothill 6-5 74 9
9. James Logan 11-1 68 4
10. College Park 9-3 51 17
11. Berkeley 6-4-1 39 14
12. Ygnacio Valley 7-5 31 19
t13. Bishop O’Dowd 8-3 25 15
t13. Freedom 3-7 25 NR
t13. Newark Mem. 9-2 25 11

Others receiving votes: Deer Valley (7-3) 24, Encinal (9-3), 18, Amador Valley (6-4) 14, Pinole Valley (10-2-1), 10, Campolindo (9-4) 3, Piedmont (7-4) 1, Washington (5-6-1) 1.

Durkin’s notes: A few things I find interesting is our top three at the end of last year remains exactly the same and each of this year’s top nine were in the top nine at the end of last year. Pinole Valley is the only top-10 team from a year ago to drop out of the preseason poll and Freedom is the lone unranked team from last year to sneak into the poll. As you may notice, we’ve changed this year’s poll from top-20 to top-15. It was felt that top-20 just made it a little too diluted. Had we been top-15 last year, I would also be telling you that College Park and Ygnacio Valley were unranked teams who were now ranked since they were ranked Nos. 17 and 19, respectively, in our final poll of last season. Anyways, let’s get the comments rolling and below I’ll attach last year’s final poll for your viewing and comparison pleasure.

2007 Final East Bay Football Poll

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (15) 13-0 300 1
2. San Ramon Valley 12-1-1 284 4
3. California 11-2 270 3
4. James Logan 11-1 254 2
5. Monte Vista 8-4 235 6
6. Las Lomas 13-1 223 7
7. San Leandro 8-3 208 8
8. Pittsburg 6-5 191 9
9. Foothill 6-5 177 10
10. Pinole Valley 10-2-1 167 13
11. Newark Mem. 9-2 146 5
12. Amador Valley 6-4 120 12
13. Campolindo 9-4 113 NR
14. Berkeley 6-4-1 81 14
15. Bishop O’Dowd 8-3 79 11
16. Heritage 7-4 72 15
17. College Park 9-3 53 16
18. Washington 5-6-1 52 20
19. Ygnacio Valley 7-5 38 NR
20. Deer Valley 7-3 37 17

Others receiving votes: Encinal (9-3) 31, Salesian (10-2) 11.

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.