Power Rankings are here once again following an exciting Week Seven!
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!
The Hornets dipped into the rankings last week in the number ten spot, but after a week without a game have been nudged out the top ten by another team. Could a strong performance agains the Mavericks push them back into a berth?
Following dropping out of the rankings last weekend, the Shropshire Revolution sit on the cusp of regaining a berth. They take on the currently winless Doncaster Mustangs this weekend – could a big performance earn they a place back in the top ten?
Total number of teams with at least one Top 10 Ranking: 16 (Down Four)
10. Kent Exiles (Down One)
They’ll next face the Stallions in a crucial looking fixture this weekend.
9. Lancashire Wolverines (Re-Entry)
The Wolverines re-enter the rankings following a four-week break. They dominated on Sunday, coming up just short of a fifty burger against the Bobcats, rounding off back to back wins after a tough start to the season with a tie and 1-point loss.
They face their toughest test of the season so far when they travel to the currently undefeated Yorkshire Rams this weekend.
8. Cambridgeshire Cats (Down One)
Cambridge drop another spot following a second-straight bye.
We’ll see them in Week Nine versus the Stallions.
7. Berkshire Renegades (Down Four)
The Renegades take a big tumble down the rankings following their loss to the Thrashers. Despite competing well in the first half, the Thrashers outlasted the Renegades to hand them their first loss of the season so far.
They’ll look to bounce back strong this weekend against the OV Eagles.
6. Northumberland Vikings (Up Two)
It’s getting very hotly contested around the middle of the rankings, and a couple submissions going different coulda yet seen the Vikings placing with a podium finish this week!
As is, they currently sit mid-rankings but with a chance to make a huge leap-up the rankings if they perform well when they take on the Rams in Week Nine.
5. Sussex Thunder ( = )
Having rocketed up the rankings in Week Six, the Thunder stay put in the #5 spot, despite their hugely impressive victory over the Oxford Saints on Sunday – the biggest defeat the Saints have suffered since 2013!
Still, Sussex are going to need to continue posting up impressive scorelines as they face their toughest fixture of the season so far, taking on the Thrashers this weekend with a win likely earning them their first podium placement of the year.
4. Sandwell Steelers (Up Two)
They head to the Caesars this weekend in the first meeting between the two teams this year.
3. Yorkshire Rams ( Down One )
Despite returning from their month off to dominate the Senators 50-3, the Yorkshire Rams finally fall from the number two spot for the first time this year!
It’s perhaps less down to anything lacking on the Rams’ part, so much as strong performances elsewhere as another side swipes the #2 spot this weekend.
We’ll see Yorkshire in a War of the Roses showdown against the Lancashire Wolverines this Sunday.
2. Solent Thrashers (Up One)
Another strong second half for Solent sees their undefeated campaign continue. They’re consistently outperforming their opponents in the latter part of fixtures and its paid off in consistently climbing the rankings!
This weekend’s showdown against Sussex looks to be their toughest matchup of the year so far, with the Thunder rolling recently.
1. Leicester Falcons ( = )
The Falcons came close unanimous #1 nominations this week, and following fourth straight game without conceding a touchdown, it’s no surprise they continue to hold the top spot.
With five fixtures in seven weeks, the Falcons finally get a more extended break, heading to three straight byes before returning against the Jets in Week Eleven.
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