As this is our last ranking before Nationals, we’ve made some big moves. The Chicago Lions were our top-ranked team all season because they won early and kept winning, but we think Seattle-OPSB, which started later, has become the top target with the dominance of their performances.
No team in the country can match Seattle’s mix of international experience (Emosi Vucago, Mike Palefau and Miles Craigwell) and young, decorated talent (Pat Blair, Tim Stanfill, Shane Moore and Kellen Gordon), so we put them at the top of the pile heading into the season’s climax.
The Lions do stay ahead of Belmont Shore. Both teams won their territories free and clear, but the Lions were a little more convincing, winning all of the qualifiers, and the Midwest was as deep, if not deeper, than Southern California this year.
Next is Old Blue, who finished off the Northeast series impressively. New York reached the semifinals in 2012, and they look poised to make another deep run this year.
Atlanta Old White makes its debut in the Top 25 this summer this week after winning the South Championship. Sure, they only played three games in the process, but they won all three, beating New Orleans twice.
We’ll post our final rankings following Club 7s Nationals.
||Atlanta Old White
||Kansas City Blues