Power Rankings are here once again following an exciting Week Thirteen!
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 teams cut this week, though a couple of outfits came close to stealing away ranking spots…
The Wembley Stallions remain just outside the rankings following a bye week. They host the 5-2 Hornets this Sunday, who they’ve already bested on one occasion this year – can they repeat the feat and really mix things up in the SFC 1 East?
Similarly, the Yorkshire Rams, who dropped out of the Top Ten a couple of week ago, came close to earning their way back in after they rampaged to a 67-0 win over the Bobcats at the weekend.
10. Kent Exiles ( Down One )
They travel to the Gladiators in Week Fourteen, with a win hopefully providing a bit of clarification on the playoff situation in this conference!
9. London Hornets ( Down Two )
They’re contesting the top of the conference at 5-2, but will need to turnover an early season loss against their local rivals when they travel to the Stallions this Sunday.
8. Cambridgeshire Cats ( Up Two )
The Cats climb to #8, leapfrogging their conference rivals the Exiles and Hornets, despite sitting below them both in the tables!
They Cambridgshire side rallied to a 25-21 victory, just two weeks after falling short against the Hornets in Week Eleven.
They travel to the Mavericks this Sunday and would expect a W here to allow them to continue contesting for at the very least a playoff berth.
7. Berkshire Renegades (Up One)
It might have taken some final second heroics to make it possible, but the Renegades remain in playoff relevance after their 27-26 victory over the Saints on Sunday!
It means the team wrap up their first year back in the middle tier with a 6-3-1 record and will now have a nervous wait to see how Sussex fair in their final fixture of the year, a Thunder loss against the Saints would mean Berkshire could boast postseason honours in their first campaign following promotion.
6. Sussex Thunder ( = )
Sussex stay stationary in #6 once again, their 42-0 bullying of the Bristol Apache perhaps a somewhat expected result given the strong season the Thunder are having.
They hold their postseason fate in their own hands, needing a win or a tie in their remaining fixture to lock up the #2 spot in the SFC 1 Central… but frustratingly we’re going to have to wait until Week Seventeen to see if they’re up to the task!
5. Lancashire Wolverines ( = )
And there’s not much movement in the top five this week – Lancs stay put in fifth following their bye and we won’t see them in action again until early August when they welcome the Rams.
4. Solent Thrashers ( = )
A big win for the Thrashers might have seen them climb back into the top three… on any other week but this! With all four of the top teams in the tier in action in Week Thirteen, each picked up massive margin victories and stay ahead of the pack going into the final five weeks of the regular season.
Solent wrap up their own regular season at Bristol this Sunday and should make short work of the South West outfit.
3. Sandwell Steelers ( = )
Averaging just under two points for each minute of football played, the Sandwell Steelers utterly grounded the Jets this past weekend. Their offence has been firing on all cylinders and their D also seems to be contributing points almost every week – a ball-hawking secondary consistently posting up points via pick sixes.
Still, it all comes down to this weekend, when they travel to the table-topping Falcons. Frustratingly even a win (by 14 or more points) wouldn’t necessarily secure the conference crown, but it’d put the midlands side in a great midset heading into the playoffs if they can best the team that’s topped the Power Rankings all season long!
2. Northumberland Vikings ( = )
The Vikings remain steadfast in the #2 spot, though it’s worth noting that they did indeed pick up a number of first-ranked votes this week too!
Perhaps that’s not surprising, considering the short work they made of the Senators this past Sunday – a side they barely scraped past by a single point back in Week Three.
For a team that simply wasn’t on many people’s radars coming into 2018, the Vikings appear to be building momentum week after week… perhaps making it doubly frustrating that their fixture versus the Bobcats looks like it’ll be pushed back due to a lack of zebras.
1. Leicester Falcons ( = )
And the Falcons make it thirteen straight weeks at the top of the tier – though their unanimous status has finally fall to the wayside.
Their offence continues to look unstoppable, dominating Doncaster in Week Thirteen – though it’s worth noting the uncharacteristic couple of scores they let slip through in the second half, the Falcons having previously allowed only a single TD in the five fixtures following their opener against Sandwell.
Still, they could have been forgiven for playing with half an eye already on the following weekend’s game – this Sunday’s crucial showdown against the Steelers under the Saturday night lights!
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