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September 15, 2011
Dallas Jackson is the Senior Analyst for RivalsHigh. Email him your question, comment or story ideas to DallasJ@Yahoo-Inc.com and follow him on Twitter.
It's only mid-September, but some defining days are here already.
You think you're good - it's time to show folks what you've got.
No. 1 Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep won a big out-of-state opener, but the victory over Mission Viejo (Calif.) High came at home. This week it needs to show it can handle a ranked opponent on the road when it travels to Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee.
No. 4 Louisville (Ky.) Trinity has another Ohio opponent in Cincinnati Elder - and another chance to show it belongs in the national championship discussion. And No. 5 Gaffney (S.C.) High has a chance to solidify its spot as the No. 1 team in the Palmetto State with a big game at Duncan (S.C.) Brynes.
But it's not all about the Top Ten. Just being ranked is a big deal.
This weekend, No. 29 Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton, No. 34 Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward, No. 61 Longview (Texas) High and No. 82 Lufkin (Texas) High all have opportunities to prove they belong.
Defining days indeed.
With that, a closer look at some of the biggest games in the land: