Michael Gardner
With summer only like a month and a half away and spring sports being underway, I thought I’d make this thread. Do we know enrollment cutlines yet? If so, who are the big favorites? Will we have any repeat champs? Runner ups actually winning it this time? Or someone completely different all together? St Mary Springs is the team to keep an eye on depending what division they end up in. Can Muskego repeat? That’s going to be a tall order but I think the talent is there it’s just a matter of if they can actually pull it off on the field. D2 is interesting as it’s probably the one division I know the least about even though most of the best D2 teams last year were in the SE part of the state. Does Homestead lose a lot to graduation? If they have the talent left to do it I could maybe see them repeating. Catholic Memorial in D3 is very interesting after Latham decided to go to IMG Academy for whatever reason. Even without him that team is still loaded and should be contending for a title yet again. Racine St Catherine’s is a very interesting team next year. They lose a fair bit to graduation but at the same time they have kids who have experience who could ultimately surprise us all and lead them on another deep playoff run. I already mentioned St Mary Springs from D5 but I’m going to say that Stratford could possibly get a return trip to state. D6 last year was an absolute anomaly. I knew that as soon as Racine Lutheran got a 3 seed that things were going to get interesting. I was not wrong either as Tenner absolutely torched teams left and right basically putting his team on his back and leading them to a runner up finish to Iola-Scandinavia who loses a lot to graduation. The D6 champion is probably going to come down to where Springs falls on the cut line this year. D7 was fairly straightforward for the most part last year Edgar did their thing to get to the title game like we all expected and Black Hawk had to play a rematch of the previous years title game to get to state by beating Bangor. D7 is a relatively simple division to call a lot of the time but I really don’t know a ton about any D7 team aside from Burlington Catholic Central. I won’t make any real prediction yet as I don’t know the enrollment cutlines yet.
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Wisconsin HS Sports Fan
In D1 I feel they'll be a couple contenders. Muskego and Kimberly will certainly be amongst the best teams in the state again. Bay Port returns loads of talent and is going in the right direction with their program and could make a run. Fondy will likely be back, but they lose a lot of talent and have a new young head coach. I wouldn't be surprised to see Arrowhead and Franklin getting near the top again. Sun Prairie will likely be very good once again along with Marquette and Appleton North. Its early, but my current prediction is 1. Kimberly 2. Bay Port 3. Muskego 4. Fond du Lac
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Charlie Tweeder
I'm sure Travis will word this more eloquently, but there are no enrollment cutlines. It all depends on teams meeting the requirements to be playoff eligible (generally .500 or better in conference). Of the playoff eligible teams, the top 32 enrollments are D1, next 32 are D2, and so on and so forth.

After a poor showing in the playoffs last year, I look for the Big 8 to rebound this year. Many playoff teams from last year return a ton of starters on both sides of the ball. Look for Sun Prairie, Verona, and Middleton to be fighting for the Conference Championship and potentially home field for the first three rounds of the playoffs.
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mickjagger
I'm sure Travis will word this more eloquently, but there are no enrollment cutlines. It all depends on teams meeting the requirements to be playoff eligible (generally .500 or better in conference). Of the playoff eligible teams, the top 32 enrollments are D1, next 32 are D2, and so on and so forth.

After a poor showing in the playoffs last year, I look for the Big 8 to rebound this year. Many playoff teams from last year return a ton of starters on both sides of the ball. Look for Sun Prairie, Verona, and Middleton to be fighting for the Conference Championship and potentially home field for the first three rounds of the playoffs.
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Michael Gardner
I'm sure Travis will word this more eloquently, but there are no enrollment cutlines. It all depends on teams meeting the requirements to be playoff eligible (generally .500 or better in conference). Of the playoff eligible teams, the top 32 enrollments are D1, next 32 are D2, and so on and so forth.

After a poor showing in the playoffs last year, I look for the Big 8 to rebound this year. Many playoff teams from last year return a ton of starters on both sides of the ball. Look for Sun Prairie, Verona, and Middleton to be fighting for the Conference Championship and potentially home field for the first three rounds of the playoffs.


thank you for the clarification. I wasn’t exactly sure how that worked.
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hashmarken34
I don't know how good Verona will be, but they have some good talent on the offense next season. 

Kimberly will probably run away with the D1 title.  They have 3 guys that should end up signing with Big Ten, ACC, or Big 12 level schools or at the very least the FCS level. 

Catholic Memorial, to nobody's surprise, will probably win D3 since they have two Big Ten commits. 

Wouldn't be surprised if River Falls wins the Big Rivers Conference again. They have a TE that will play FCS or P5 level football and their all-conference RB will be a senior. 
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jkaska
After a poor showing in the playoffs last year, I look for the Big 8 to rebound this year. Many playoff teams from last year return a ton of starters on both sides of the ball. Look for Sun Prairie, Verona, and Middleton to be fighting for the Conference Championship and potentially home field for the first three rounds of the playoffs.


One big thing in the Big 8 next year will be the plethora of multi-year senior starters at quarterback for teams that have a lot of other experience back to boot. Verona, Madison Memorial, and Madison La Follette are among the contenders with multi-year starters at QB. Middleton and Sun Prairie bring back their stable of running backs and other pieces, but will have brand-new QBs. Janesville Craig graduated a TON of talent from this past year's squad. West has a ton of experience in their 2021 class (and a returning QB), so they should be a trendy playoff pick for this season. East, Parker, and Beloit are in various stages of putting things together towards a playoff berth.

As for the playoffs, 6-7 teams will get in and there will invariably be a Big 8 vs Big 8 game... Hard to know what the playoffs will look like until we get there.

Our first Big 8 broadcast this year will be Verona-Middleton in Week 2. And, Memorial-Sun Prairie play Week 1. Should be another crazy year in the Big 8.
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mwilliquette
In D1 it's hard not to pick Muskego. The returning state champs return 9 starters on offense, and 5 on defense. Kimberly is Kimberly, they will be right there at the end. They return several starters, and loads of high level D1 college talent. Bay Port could potentially break through to Madison this year. Returning 7 starters on each side of the ball, including 5 all state players from a level 3 team that hung with Kimberly for three quarters last season. I'm hearing Arrowhead will be very talented this year, but will have to contend with that brutal Classic 8 schedule. Also Fond du lac brings back a core group while adding some nice young talent. With new  coach Steven Jorgenson the team shouldn't miss a beat, as he's been on the staff the past several years. 
1. Muskego  2. Kimberly  3. Bay Port  4. Arrowhead  5. Fond du lac   
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