Friday marks a Class 8A state semifinal between the eighth-ranked Manatee Hurricanes and unranked Apopka Blue Darters.
So says The Associated Press.
Ask the folks at MaxPreps, and they'll tell you it's a battle between the team ranked 20th (Manatee) and 12th (Apopka) in all of Florida, regardless of classification.
We ask another source: The people behind the USA Super 25. Manatee makes the cut for the Next 25, coming in 43rd.
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Apopka? Nowhere to be found.
The best part of Friday night's game is the game itself, one with simple stakes: The team that scores the most points plays for all the glory next week at the Florida Citrus Bowl.
Rankings, power projections and predictions courtesy of Joe Pinkos, whose formula for picking winners has been right 83.1 percent of the time this postseason and tells us the Blue Darters will win by 10, don't matter.
You'll find my prediction somewhere in this newspaper, and it doesn't really matter, either. It's all for fun.
The same can be said for rankings.
They look good in stories and spark debate and are good for bringing things to a boil on social media. But when it comes to deciphering the state playoffs, they don't amount to a hill of penalty flags. That's the reason there are multiple prep national champions.
Why were the two teams who spent the fall battling out for No. 1 in Class 8A in the AP poll, Jacksonville First Coast and Orlando Dr. Phillips, eliminated last week during the region finals?
Their opponents, Apopka and Manatee, played better.
Play on, playoffs.
This is not a condemnation of prep football rankings and those who put them together. But the varying results of such polls are why playoffs built solely on say-so and opinion are so flawed.
Manatee wasn't ranked anywhere in the beginning of the year, and Apopka isn't even one of the 10 best teams in Class 8A, according to The Associated Press. Yet one of the two will play for a state championship next Saturday.
And please, I don't want to hear excuses or claims that one bracket was weaker than the other. If you play your way into a final four, you are doing something right. You don't get fluke victories against three straight playoff teams.
So here is what we know: Manatee against Apopka in a Class 8A state semifinal. Winner goes to the Class 8A state championship game.
Those are the facts. They are indisputable.
And players, not polls, will decide who advances.
John Lembo, Herald prep sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7045. Follow him on Twitter @JohnLembo1878.