It's obvious, Friars, that you'll have to convince people on the field.
Go Friars! Beat Gorman!
http://www.latimes.com/sports/varsity-t ... z2d3aBSxvI
But there are preseason rankings in every sport as fans want to talk about their teams or fans who just like the sport (in what ever sport the ranking is in) and wish to have a point of interest to talk about it.
Does anyone really care, no, it is just something to talk about while waiting for the on the field stuff to happen.
How do we know who cares, if there was no top 25 put out by the LA Times or who ever, people would be asking where is your top 25, who does the LA times predict who will win or lose, so on. Same for USA Today, OC Register, and all the others.
Lastly, "who cares", you must have some interest as you had to open this thread and give a comment or opinion, if you didnt, you would have never opened it and made a comment. Most people who mock at the top 25 , top 10, top anything usually dont have a "dog in the fight" so to speak, so for them- "who cares". Not saying this is you of course.
I would agree that it would be great for Servite and Servite fans, however I am not sure everyone will be ready to jump on board after the first game. Others will want to see how BG plays in their next game against SM.
Unfortunately BG has already lost a game, played a tough team in Mountain Point (AZ), but now most will want to see how the next game is played. If BG should lose to Servite, many may not give Servite the credit due feeling that BG just is not as good as their preseason hype has been.
Comparative scores often mean little, but they are still interesting to see. The BG/Servite and BG/SM scores will be interesting indeed.
As to the question of whether a Servite victory would be due to BG being overated, many of us (Friar fans) have been saying all along, that BG will be down this year. It is my position, (and has been all along), that if Servite wins this game, it will be due to a combination of BG being down from the last few years, and Servite being on the way up from last year.
According to CalPreps, last year BG had a rating of 63.2 to Servite's 44.1 at the end of the year. A difference of 19.1 ratings points. This year they rate BG at 55, (actually up from 54.1 last week) to Servite's 51.7. a 3.3 difference. Much closer to 2011 when Servite rolled into Vegas to face BG who held a 4.7 point advantage over Servite on CalPreps 64.4 to 59.7
I think CalPreps has it rated pretty close:
 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) 31,  Servite (Anaheim, CA) 26
Since it is in Vegas, that makes BG about an 8 point favorite.
Servtie could end up being the best 2-8 or 3-7 team in the history of the CIF.
1. ST. JOHN BOSCO (3-0)
2. MATER DEI (3-0)
3. GARDENA SERRA (3-0)
4. MISSION VIEJO (3-0)
5. VISTA MURRIETA (2-0)
6. LONG BEACH POLY (2-1)
7. CORONA CENTENNIAL (2-1)
8. ALEMANY (3-0)
9. OAKS CHRISITAN (3-0)
10. HART (2-0)
11. CHAMINADE (2-1)
12. ORANGE LUTHERAN (3-0)
13. SERVITE (2-1)
14. RANCHO CUCAMONGA (3-0)
15. ST. BONAVENTURE (2-1)
16. SHERMAN OAKS NOTRE DAME (2-1)
17. BISHOP AMAT (2-1)
18. CRENSHAW (1-1)
19. EDISON (2-0)
20. LA HABRA (3-0)
21. JSERRA (2-0)
22. SANTA MARGARITA (1-2)
23. CHINO HILLS (2-1)
24. TRABUCO HILLS (3-0)
25. CC CANYON (2-0)
After the top 10 they are all pretty interchangeable IMO.
1. Servite is too high. They are more like 20-25. They are getting overrated because they beat Poly on one of Poly's worst nights ever.
2. Mission Viejo should be 1 or 2.
3. Rancho Cucamonga is too high. They are Rancho Cucamonga after all.
4. Santa Margarita should be around 15. Forget their record. They would kill La Habra