Top Three Classes Change in New WyoPreps Football Rankings
The Week 1 edition of the WyoPreps Coaches and Media Football Poll in the 2022 season updated the top three classifications.
There is at least one change in the top three divisions. A new No. 1 highlighted 4A, while 3A had a swap of spots, and two new teams entered the poll in Class 2A.
Lyman and Lovell kept the top two spots in 2A. The two-time defending champion Eagles maintained the top spot with all but one first-place vote. That other vote for No. 1 went to the Bulldogs. Cokeville jumped up two positions to third. Tongue River entered the rankings in fourth. Big Horn also debuted and was in a tie for fifth with Torrington, who fell two spots. Wheatland dropped out of the top five.
Cody, Star Valley, and Douglas remain one, two, and three in Class 3A. The Cody Broncs received 16 of the 17 first-place votes. The two-time defending champs open at home on Friday. As for the Braves, they won a neutral site game in Boise last week and earned one first-place vote. They solidified their spot at No. 2. Douglas held steady in third. The Bearcats face a long road trip to Jackson on Friday. The bottom two teams in the poll traded spots. Powell moved up to fourth, which pushed Buffalo down to No. 5.
The Cheyenne East Thunderbirds are the new top-ranked team in the big-school division. East’s fast start in a home win over Campbell County combined with Sheridan’s narrow escape versus Central swayed enough voters that put the T-Birds on top. East garnered ten of the 18 first-place votes. The Broncs fell to second but still earned seven first-place votes. Natrona County also received a first-place vote. The Mustangs remained third, ahead of Thunder Basin and Rock Springs, who stayed at four and five.
With only one team in the lower two divisions having played an official game, WyoPreps chose to keep the preseason rankings for Class 1A-9 Man and Class 1A-6 Man.
Here is a look at the voting breakdown:
WyoPreps gives every head coach in each classification and media from around the state a chance to vote in the weekly rankings.