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Posted On: 12/18/17 5:45 PM

The more things change, the more they stay the same. At least that's the case at the pinnacle of the 4A rankings this week. Hopkins remains on top after defeating Robbinsdale Cooper and Edina by an average of 29 points. Number 2 Wayzata ran its record to 7-0 with a win over Eden Prairie, while #3 Eastview (6-0) dodged a bullet with an overtime win against Lakeville North. Spots 4 and 5 remain status quo, as well, as St. Michael-Albertville and Centennial each won a pair. There are now five undefeated teams in 4A, including #14 Farmington and #16 Hastings, who are both 5-0.

Why, you may ask, aren't those two teams ranked higher? The answer is simple: strength of schedule (or lack thereof). Simply put, the Tigers and Raiders haven't faced much opposition so far. Farmington has played just one team with a winning record, that being Owatonna at 5-3. The other four opponents are a combined 5-22. Hastings defeated 4-2 St. Croix Lutheran but its other foes are 5-23. By comparison, Lakeville North (4-3) is still hanging on at #8. Why? Their losses were in overtime to both Wayzata (#2) and Eastview (#3) and their third loss was

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