Power Rankings are here once again following an exciting Week Fourteen!
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!
No cuts once again, but there are a fair few teams walking the line as we hit crunch time in the 2018 season.
The Yorkshire Rams, Wembley Stallions and Shropshire Revolution all picked up a handful of Power Rankings nominations, but it seems with their postseason hopes vanished? So have their potential to hold rankings spots before the year is out.
10. Berkshire Renegades (Up One)
With big wins for a number of postseason contenders elsewhere, the Renegades slip down the rankings. They’ve done all they can to see playoff football in their first year back in the middle tier, but ultimately their fate is out of their hands – waiting on the Thunders’ final fixture of the year versus the Saints in Week Seveteen.
9. Cambridgeshire Cats ( Down One )
Cats drop a spot after they made it look like hard work picking up a win over the 0-9 Mavericks. They’re still right in the race for playoffs out of the hotly contested SFC 1 East, but with only a fixture against the Gladiators remaining on their slate? Odds are their postseason fate is out of their hands – hoping the Hornets and Exiles take chunks out of one another over the next few weeks!
8. Kent Exiles ( Up Two )
The victory keeps them in pole position in the conference, but ultimately their season comes down to their next two outings against the Hornets both this weekend and in Week Seventeen…
7. London Hornets ( Up Two )
Speaking of the Hornets, they showed some great resilience this weekend, holding off a strong comeback from the Stallions to keep themselves neck and neck with the Exiles atop the East.
The next three weeks will determine the fate of the most hard-fought conference in Britball!
6. Sussex Thunder ( = )
Sussex hold onto the sixth spot for fifth straight week!
They’re in midst of a bunch of byes, unable to secure their postseason fate until Week Seventeen against the Saints.
5. Lancashire Wolverines ( = )
And frustratingly we’re once again not seeing shifts in the top five following results all going much as expected this past week.
We’ll Lancashire next in Week Sixteen versus the Rams where they can seal the deal on postseason balling.
4. Solent Thrashers ( = )
Solent wrap up their regular season with a #50Burger over Bristol. They now have the better part of a month to get healthy and install some new twists to the playbook, while watching the SFC 1 East tear chunks out of one another!
3. Sandwell Steelers ( = )
Despite their loss under the Saturday Night Lights the Steelers hold off a strong contest from the Thrashers for the #3 spot. They showed flashes of brilliance against the Falcons, but missed too many opportunities and ultimately couldn’t go toe-to-toe with the talent of some of Leicester’s big stars – Kyren Watts and Taylor Brown, in particular, causing the Sandwell side significant difficulties.
They wrap up the year 7-2-1 with a nice long stretch to rid themselves of any bumps and bruises they might be carrying.
2. Northumberland Vikings ( = )
The Vikings stay put in second. While they head to a bye this weekend, they’ll be scampering behind the scenes to rescheduled their postponed fixture versus the Bobcats – it looks like a full undefeated campaign will be essential if they hope to secure the #1 seed in the north and the home-advantage that comes along with it.
Next up are the Tigers in Week Sixteen.
1. Leicester Falcons ( = )
And the Falcons make it a full fourteen weeks in pole position.
They wrapped up a third-straight conference crown on Saturday with their big roster, big lineman and big-name ballers proving difference makers.
They wrap up their year against the Mustangs on August 5th – though they’ll notably be without defensive lineman Jamaal Fredricks, who’ll be balling out for GB in Finland instead.
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