In - Wayne (7-0), Frankfort (7-0), Bridgeport (6-1), Keyser (6-1), Bluefield (6-1), Scott (7-1), Robert C. Byrd (7-1)
Need help - Chapmanville (4-3), Westside (4-4), River View (4-3), Oak Glen (4-4), Ravenswood (2-5), Grafton (2-5)
Keep an eye on - The top-heavy Class AA field is filling up fast, but will likely not be completed until the final hours of Nov. 2 - the final Friday of the regular season. Ravenswood, three games under .500 with three games to play, is not mathematically eliminated because the current No. 16 team in the Class AA rankings - Philip Barbour - has only 23 total points more than the Red Devils. Ravenswood has games remaining against Clay County (3-4), Class A St. Marys (6-1) and Class AAA Ripley (3-5).
As an indicator to how wide open the Class AA field is after the those who have already clinched spots, Ravenswood will be 31st (tied with Grafton) in this week's SSAC ratings when they are released today. There are 40 teams in Class AA.
In - Tucker County (7-0), Greenbrier West (7-1), Wahama (8-0), Clay-Battelle (8-0)
Can clinch this week - Magnolia (6-1), Buffalo (6-1), Madonna (6-1), St. Marys (6-1), Valley-Fayette (6-1)
Need help - Williamstown (3-4), Moorefield (3-4)
Keep an eye on - Wheeling Central (5-3) will come into this week's games at No. 15 in the SSAC ratings. The Maroon Knights have been rendered offensively one-dimensional in many respects after losing quarterback Parker Henry to injury in the preseason, but have adjusted well. They downed Class AA Mingo Central (4-3) 35-16 last Saturday in Red Jacket.
Wheeling Central, which has won the last two state championships and six of the last eight, plays Caldwell, Ohio (1-7) this week before finishing the regular season against Bishop Donahue (6-2) next week. A 7-3 finish, which should be expected, would put them on the road for the duration of their playoff run.
The Knights have been posed with such a scenario before. In 2005, they entered the playoffs as the No. 15 seed then beat Greenbrier West, Parkersburg Catholic and Tygarts Valley on the road in successive weeks before returning to the confines of Wheeling Island Stadium to beat Williamstown for the state title.