Now would be an important time to remind everyone exactly what the state rankings that we've been voting on all season really mean.
Nada. Zip. Zilch.
Unlike the college playoffs, which released their first team rankings on Tuesday, the polls below have zero impact on region finishes and playoff seedings (or lack thereof). They're good conversation fodder, both for what us South Carolina prep writers believe each team has earned and what they're long-term potential will be.
Why do we bring that up now? Well, in just a few days, the playoff brackets for Classes AAA, AA and A will be released, and because of a rotating region preference in Class AAA, a Class AA playoff shake-up and the Class A strength-of-schedule system, there are plenty of aspects that can shape the state postseasons.
Polls are fun to talk about, but in reality, they don't equate to much. At least not yet.