Power Rankings are here once again following an exciting Week Eleven!
And, as noted we’re doing things differently for 2018!
We’re collating this year’s rankings via a completely new format – polling not only our own BAFA National Leagues team of correspondents but also giving all of our passionate Patreon supporters the opportunity to determine how these rankings stack up!
Each contributor submitted their own picks of who’s top dogs in each tier, and then we tallied it all up to create these amalgamated rankings!
Once again, this new format of selecting the top ten teams in each tier is proving tempestuous!
It’s always going to be tough to suffer a shutout loss and remain in the rankings, and following the 27 to diddly loss against the Vikings, the preseason-favourites to top the table in the NFC 1 North are now looking well off the pace in the conference.
The Rams have a week off to lick their wounds, before a winnable-looking local derby against Leeds looms in Week Thirteen, but it’s going to take something special to rise right back into the top ten.
The Oxford Saints have won three on the trot and are starting to get some attention from the pollsters, but they’ll need to take some bigger scalps if they truly intend to make an appearance before the season’s out.
10. Cambridgeshire Cats ( Down Two )
The Cats continue to tumble down the ranks following a second-straight loss – this time a narrow defeat in a back and forth game against the Hornets.
Still, at 4-3 postseason is still very much in reach within the messy SFC 1 East where five of the six programmes are still in with a shot at hoisting the conference crown!
9. Wembley Stallions (New Entry)
Despite currently sitting on a losing record at 3-4, it’s clear the Power Rankings contributors took note of the Stallions 7-17 upset victory over the Exiles!
With three games remaining on their slate, and two games behind a postseason berth, the Stallions will be hoping they’re not too late to the party to mix things up in the ever-contentious SFC 1 East!
8. Kent Exiles ( Down One )
The Exiles drop a spot following their surprise loss to the Stallions, but remain in a postseason berth courtesy of their 4-2 record on the year.
They’ll look to bounce back strong this Sunday as they host local rivals, the Mavericks, who’ve struggled for numbers in recent weeks.
7. London Hornets ( Up Three )
They’ve not turned many heads with their typically modest scorelines, but the 20-28 win over the Cats showed they’re more than capable of mixing it up with the top teams in the East, having previously picked up their four wins over the stumbling Glads and well-off-the-pace Mavs.
The Hornets head to a bye, before taking on the Cats once again in Week Thirteen.
6. Sussex Thunder ( = )
Sussex stay put in the #6 spot despite their third loss of the year in Week Eleven.
If anything, the 14-17 loss to the undefeated Thrashers came closer to seeing Sussex climb a spot or two as the Thunder once again came closer than any others to derailing the Solent side’s impressive campaign.
As is, Sussex remain in position to see some postseason action, and following a bye will get a chance to rebuild momentum with a game against the currently-winless Apache in Week Thirteen.
5. Lancashire Wolverines ( = )
With a convincing 37-0 win over the Tigers, the Wolverines continue to hold the #5 spot in the rankings. We were surprised to not see them climb a little what with the team riding a five-game win streak, but perhaps they’ll need to a bigger name before they’re allowed a podium position?
If so, they’ll have to wait as they take the return leg to the Tigers this Sunday, with the goal of moving to 6-1-1 and well clear of the Rams who’ve fallen on rough times recently.
4. Sandwell Steelers ( = )
No medics meant no game for the Steelers this weekend, and also the very real risk of losing their shot at the NFC 1 South title to a forfeit! However, it looks like the Doncaster Mustangs are going to be ballers about it and seek to reschedule the game before the year is out.
As it, the Steelers will host the Caesars this Sunday and hope to repeat the #50burger performance they managed earlier this year.
3. Northumberland Vikings ( Down One )
The Vikings continue to chop-and-change in the #2/#3 spot from week to week – though you’d think their most impressive win of the season so far – a 27 point shut out of the Rams – would have been enough for them to cling onto the #2 spot at the very least!
Still, they missed out by the smallest of margins and drop to third place.
In the midst of four-straight fixtures, the Vikings host the Bobcats on Sunday, looking confident to move to 6-0.
2. Solent Thrashers ( Up One )
Despite the Thunder leading for a fair chunk of the game, the Thrashers continued to prove they can get the job done when it really matters and wrapped up postseason action with three fixtures to spare!
They travel to the Renegades this weekend and it’ll be interesting to see how the Solent side choose to play out their year – surely it’s still too early in the season to be resting starters from the get-go?
1. Leicester Falcons ( = )
And Leicester stay top, picking up a W without even taking the field last week.
Still, they host the Revolution this Sunday, their first action since Week Seven, and hopes are we’ll get a good show for the live stream!
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