By Al Zipsie

Stateline Sports Hub. Rankings. By our Media panel. Lena-Winslow all ten first-place votes and in first with all 100 points possible.

  1. Lena-Winslow. 7-0. 100.
  2. Forreston. 6-1. 89.
  3. Aquin 7-0. 84.
  4. West Carroll. 5-2.  72.
  5. Du/Pec.  5-2. 55.
  6. Dakota. 4-3. 53.
  7. E/PC 3-4. 35.
  8. Stockton. 4-3. 31.
  9. Orangeville. 4-3. 27.
  10. East Dubuque. 2-5. 10.

Some good matchups in week 8. The lead for the NUIC South is on the line with Forreston at Aquin. Milledgeville with only one win and winless Amboy collide. A/FC is at E/PC. A solid crossover game as two 5-2 teams meet in Pecatonica as Du/Pec host West Carroll.

In the North, Orangeville plays at Dakota with playoff implications. East Dubuque is at Stockton and Galena is at Lena-Winslow.

Stateline Sports Hub. Media picks.

46-3. Scott Leber. WTVO. Dakota, Stockton, Lena-Winslow, Milledgeville, E/PC, Forreston, Du/Pec.

45-4.  Matt Trowbridge. Rockford Register Star/Freeport Journal Standard. Dakota, Stockton, Lena-Winslow, Milledgeville, E/PC, Aquin West Carroll.

45-4. Kyle Kampmier. NUIC Football Fanatics/Freeport Journal Standard. Dakota, Stockton, Lena-Winslow, Milledgeville, E/PC, Forreston, West Carroll.

44-5. Terry Werntz. Former Dakota and Freeport coach. Dakota, Stockton, Lena-Winslow, Milledgeville, E/PC, Forreston, West Carroll.

43-6. Derrick Mason. Townsquare Media. Dakota, Stockton, Lena-Winslow, Milledgeville, E/PC, Forreston, West Carroll.

43-6. Joe Dredge. WROK. Stateline Sports Hub. Dakota, Stockton, Lena-Winslow, Milledgeville, E/PC, Aquin, West Carroll.

42-7. Cody Cutter. Sauk Valley News. Dakota, Stockton, Lena-Winslow, Milledgeville, E/PC, Forreston, West Carroll.

42-7. Mike Buda. WIFR TV. Dakota, Stockton, Lena-Winslow, Amboy, E/PC, Forreston, West Carroll.

40-9. Pete Leinweber. Deep Dish Football. Dakota, Stockton, Lena-Winslow, Milledgeville, E/PC, Forreston, West Carroll.

40-9. Tim O'Hallaran. Publisher Edgy Tim. Dakota. Stockton, Lena-Winslow, Milledgeville, E/PC, Forreston, West Carroll.

38-11. Al Zipsie. Stateline Sports Hub. Orangeville, Stockton, Lena-Winslow, Amboy, E/PC, Aquin, West Carroll.

On our media panel, 8 of the 11 are taking Forreston to beat Aquin. Only one has Du/Pec over West Carroll and that is Lever our picks leader. Only one has Orangeville to beat Dakota. Two have Amboy beating Milledgeville.  Unanimous picks are Lena-Winslow over Galena, Stockton to beat East Dubuque and E/PC to win over A/FC.