Through three weeks there are only 100 undefeated teams in the state of Illinois.

You might think that's quite a lot, but in reality that's quite low. There are a number of reasons for why that's the case, the largest being that numerous programs tested themselves in the nonconference season against quality foes both in-state and out-of-state.

That list is guaranteed to drop down to a minimum of 91 this week as the state has nine games that feature a pair of undefeated teams.

In the long run, that likely means that there's going to be some fairly high seeds for teams that have incurred one or two losses that have played strong schedules along the way.

A deeper look at that group of undefeated teams reveals some interesting trends.

Six CCL/ESCC teams survived the first week of crossover games without a loss, and some of those schools were not the ones you may have originally anticpated. As a whole, the league looks well on pace to place a LOT of teams in the field, which may have been one of the primary reasons for the league decided to eschew automatic playoff berths for smaller, more balanced divisions.

Another interesting wrinkle has come out of the Chicago Public League. The league has notoriously had undefeated teams climb the seed charts on the basis of the fact that they don't have any losses in weaker leagues. But through six weeks, just six CPL schools don't have a loss (Phillips, Payton, Carver, Amundsen, Hubbard and Mather).

East St. Louis watch: The Flyers shifted back to 6A this week, finding themselves three deep in the classification.

For the record we have now seen a sequence where they started in 5A, jumped to 6A, moved back down to 5A and now find themselves in 6A again. Once again, this is a situation that likely won't be firmly decided until playoff pairings night.

A number of upsets in larger classifications caused the Flyers to be pushed up in the field this week. Maybe the counterbalance comes this week.

Stock rising

• Providence: It was obvious that the Celtics were a strong program after beating Willowbrook in Week 1, but a win on the road at Brother Rice solidifies them as a team likely to nail down a high seed should things continue.

• Marmion: They haven't played the strongest schedule to start, but they've absolutely dominated each squad put in their path. And there's enough balance in their schedule to help them to a playoff berth.

• Peotone: An extremely powerful running game makes the Blue Devils a strong contender to push for a high seed in Class 3A. We'll see exactly how good they are when they clash with Class 4A powerhouse Coal City this week.

• Moweaqua Central A&M: Teams don't dismantle Class 1A power Tuscola like this very often.

• Plainfield East: The Bengals are only 1-2 but have put up substantial fights against prominent opponents in both of their losses. This schedule gets significantly easier to maneuver over the second half of the season.

Stock Falling

Marist: There's no shame in a loss to Niles Notre Dame, but it completely wipes out the margin of error for the Redhawks. The fierce rivalry with an angry Brother Rice team awaits them this week and they still have remaining games with Mt. Carmel, Nazareth and Loyola on the schedule.

Naperville Central: I believe in Naperville Central's talent, but there's just too much firepower on this schedule. The loss to Pickerington Central (Ohio) puts them behind a severe 8-ball with an 0-3 record and a nonconference date with East St. Louis to close the schedule. In between, several DuPage Valley teams (Neuqua Valley, Waubonsie Valley and DeKalb) look poised to push this team every week. They need to go 5-1 just to enter the conversation over the remaining weeks and that looks severely difficult.

Tri-Valley: There are 98 teams on the list of schools at 0-3. This is probably the most surprising one of the bunch. The small school powerhouse Vikings might still find their way, but the Heart of Illinois Conference doesn't look very forgiving.

Class 8A

Smallest team: Benet

New teams added to the projected field: Plainfield East, Glenbard East (was in 7A), Conant (last team in on points), Benet (was in 7A)

Teams removed from projected field: Lyons, Naperville Central, Marist, St. Charles East.

Class 7A

Smallest team: Yorkville

Largest team: Prospect

New teams added to the projected field: Yorkville (was in 6A), Streamwood, Glenbrook North, Lincoln Park

Teams removed from the projected field: Belleville West, Benet (now in 8A), Lincoln-Way Central, Glenbard East (now in 8A).

Class 6A

Smallest team: Morgan Park

Largest team: Shepard

New teams added to the projected field: Morgan Park (was in 5A) Richwoods (was in 5A), Crystal Lake South, East St. Louis (was in 5A)

Teams removed from the projected field: Lake View, Fenton, Crystal Lake Central, Yorkville (now in 7A).

Class 5A

Smallest team: Morris

Largest team: Sycamore

New teams added to the projected field: Marmion, Brooks, Goode, Back of the Yards

Teams removed from the projected field: Champaign Central, Morgan Park (now in 6A), Vocational, East St. Louis (now in 6A).

Class 4A

Smallest team: Bishop McNamara

Largest team: Geneseo

New teams added to the projected field: Civic Memorial, Breese Central, Clinton, Pontiac, Wheaton St. Francis

Teams removed from the projected field: Benton, Marine, Freeburg, Herrin, Wood River-East Alton (now in 3A).

Class 3A

Smallest team: Spring Valley Hall

Largest team: Marine

New teams added to the projected field: Benton (was in 4A), Harlan, Marine (was in 3A), Kewanee, Wood River-East Alton (was in 4A).

Teams removed from the projected field: Anna-Jonesboro, Monmouth, Monticello, Sherrard, Vandalia (now in 2A).

Class 2A

Smallest team: Tremont

Largest team: Vandalia

New teams added to the projected field: Vandalia

Teams removed from the projected field: Villa Grove

Class 1A

Largest team: Tuscola

New teams added to the projected field: Hope Academy, Dakota, Casey-Westfield

Teams removed from the projected field: Abingdon, Ridgeview, Warrensburg-Latham