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Michigan top 25 football rankings after Week 1 of 2021: Belleville ascends to No. 1, as West Bloomfield stumbles out of gate

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, August 30, 2021, 3:12 am

Well, the whole ‘giving the defending champ the benefit of the doubt’ thing didn’t work out, as West Bloomfield got knocked off by Rochester Adams. That puts Belleville in the top spot headed into Week 2, with a handful of teams coming off impressive Week 1 wins — DeWitt, Cass Tech, Chippewa Valley and Grand Rapids Catholic Central — right behind them. On the other end of the spectrum, Adams moves into the rankings, along with Birmingham Brother Rice, while Macomb Dakota — Rice’s Week 1 victim — drops out, along with a remade Davison roster that probably acquitted itself well enough against Clarkston at the Big House to stay in the rankings, if not for a numbers game. The Cardinals have a chance to jump right in with a Week 2 road matchup against Detroit Catholic Central.

Here is the SC! Top 25, headed into Week 2: 

1 Belleville (1-0) — D1 — Beat Plymouth, 62-7

(Last ranking: 2) Up next: home vs. Dearborn, Sept. 2

2 DeWitt (1-0) — D3 — Beat No. 8 Traverse City Central, 47-27

(Last ranking: 3) Up next: at Portland, Sept. 2

3 Detroit Cass Tech (1-0) — D1 — Beat Southfield A&T, 49-22

(Last ranking: 4) Up next: at Muskegon, Sept. 3

4 Chippewa Valley (1-0) — D1 — Beat No. 5 Detroit Catholic Central, 45-20.

(Last ranking: 9) Up next: Home vs. Utica Ford, Sept. 2

5 Grand Rapids Catholic Central (1-0) — D5 — Beat Lapeer, 43-21

(Last ranking: 7) Up next: Home vs. Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean, Sept. 4

6 Rockford (1-0) — D1 — Beat No. 13 Sterling Heights Stevenson, 44-30

(Last ranking: 10) Up next: Home vs. Cedar Springs, Sept. 2

7 Muskegon Mona Shores (1-0) — D2 — Beat Lowell, 56-14

(Last ranking: 11) Up next: at Detroit King, Sept. 3

8 Warren De La Salle (1-0) — D2 — Beat Chicago St. Patrick, 38-13

(Last ranking: 12) Up next: TBA

9 Detroit King (0-1) — D3 — Lost to Carmel (Ind.), 42-40

(Last ranking: 6) Up next: Home vs. Muskegon Mona Shores, Sept. 3

10 West Bloomfield (0-1) — D1 — Lost to Rochester Adams, 35-17

(Last ranking: 1) Up next: at Oak Park, Sept. 3

11 Detroit Catholic Central (0-1) — D1 — Lost to No. 9 Chippewa Valley, 45-20.

(Last ranking: 5) Up next: Home vs. Davison, Sept. 3

12 River Rouge (1-0) — D3 — Beat Eastpointe, 56-0

(Last ranking: 14) Up next: at Detroit Renaissance, Sept. 3

13 Traverse City Central (0-1) — D2 — Lost to No. 3 DeWitt, 47-27

(Last ranking: 8) Up next: Home vs. Marquette, Sept. 2

14 Muskegon (1-0) — D3 — Beat East Kentwood, 47-7

(Last ranking: 15) Up next: Home vs. Detroit Cass Tech, Sept. 3

15 Clarkston (1-0) — D1 — Beat No. 19 Davison, 29-26

(Last ranking: 16) Up next: at Birmingham Seaholm, Sept. 2

16 Saline (1-0) — D1 — Beat Hudsonville, 34-30

(Last ranking: 20) Up next: Home vs. Ann Arbor Huron, Sept. 3

17 Dearborn Fordson (1-0) — D1 — Beat Canton, 38-23

(Last ranking: 21) Up next: Home vs. Livonia Stevenson, Sept. 2

18 Sterling Heights Stevenson (0-1) — D1 — Lost to No. 10 Rockford, 44-30

(Last ranking: 13) Up next: home vs. Utica, Sept. 2

19 Livonia Churchill (1-0) — D2 — Beat Salem, 38-21

(Last ranking: 22) Up next: at Westland John Glenn, Sept. 2

20 Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (1-0) — D2 — Beat Jenison, 29-14

(Last ranking: 23) Up next: home vs. Grand Blanc, Sept. 3

21 Grand Blanc (1-0) — D1 — Beat No. 17 East Lansing, 40-34

(Last ranking: 24) Up next: at Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, Sept. 3

22 East Lansing (0-1) — D2 — Lost to No. 24 Grand Blanc, 40-34

(Last ranking: 17) Up next: home vs. Fenton, Sept. 3

23 Grosse Pointe South (1-0) — D2 — Beat Detroit Renaissance, 42-0

(Last ranking: t25) Up next: at St. Clair Shores Lakeview, Sept. 2

24 Lake Orion (1-0) — D1 — Beat Utica Eisenhower, 33-7

(Last ranking: t25) Up next: at North Farmington, Sept. 3

T25 Rochester Adams (1-0) — D1 — Beat No. 1 West Bloomfield, 35-17

(Last ranking: N/R) Up next: Home vs. Oxford, Sept. 3

T25 Birmingham Brother Rice (1-0) — D3 — Beat No. 18 Macomb Dakota, 35-21

(Last ranking: N/R) Up next: Home vs. East Kentwood, Sept. 3

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Dropped out: No. 18 Macomb Dakota (0-1), No. 19 Davison (0-1)