NOTE: The Deseret News top 25 is based on voting by 14 prep-football writers. Total points are based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote.
1. Alta (4-0) Class: 5A
Was: 1. Points: 347. Last week: Beat Hunter, 21-0.
Outlook: Hawks look to garner respect for themselves and the state when they travel to California this weekend. Next up: vs. Grant, Calif., at Sacramento, Calif., Saturday.
2. Timpview (3-0) Class: 4A
Was: 2. Points: 335. Last week: Did not play.
Outlook: Heading into Reg. 7 play, it's hard to see anyone challenging the T-Birds, much less beating them. Next up: at Payson, Friday.
3. Cottonwood (4-0) Class: 4A
Was: 3. Points: 324. Last week: Beat Murray, 42-0.
Outlook: Three weeks until the Colts face Highland and four weeks until East, just in case anybody else is counting. Next up: at Cyprus, Friday.
4. Layton (3-1) Class: 5A
Was: 4. Points: 299. Last week: Beat Fremont, 38-13.
Outlook: With Davis and Northridge on tap, the next two weeks will tell us if Layton can repeat in Reg. 1. Next up: vs. Davis, Friday.
5. Northridge (3-1) Class: 5A
Was: 5. Points: 295. Last week: Beat Weber, 35-21.
Outlook: Knights led 28-0 at halftime before cruising to a league-opening victory. Next up: vs. Fremont, Friday.
6. Sky View (4-0) Class: 4A
Was: 6. Points: 276. Last week: Beat Box Elder, 56-6.
Outlook: Sky View looks scary good right now, which won't comfort anybody in Reg. 5. Next up: at Roy, Friday.
7. Bingham (2-2) Class: 5A
Was: 9. Points: 257. Last week: Beat Jordan, 27-7.
Outlook: You start to see the end of the tunnel for Bingham, but a stiff nonregion test remains before the Miners begin play in surprisingly stacked Reg. 3. Next up: at Lone Peak, Friday.
8. East (3-1) Class: 4A
Was: 13. Points: 234. Last week: Beat Highland, 14-7.
Outlook: If you're an East fan, it's hard for you to not be smiling after a big win over your hated rivals. Next up: at Murray, Friday.
9. Pleasant Grove (3-1) Class: 5A
Was: 10. Points: 231. Last week: Beat Copper Hills, 31-0.
Outlook: The Vikings have clearly had one of the state's best defenses so far. Next up: vs. Brighton, Friday.
10. Mountain Crest (3-1) Class: 4A
Was: 12. Points: 209. Last week: Beat Woods Cross, 42-7.
Outlook: Mustangs need to get past Bonneville before hosting a huge game against Bountiful next week. Next up: at Bonneville, Friday.
11. Pine View (3-1) Class: 4A
Was: 11. Points: 207. Last week: Beat Las Vegas, 41-13.
Outlook: Full credit to Pine View for not dwelling on Cottonwood loss and getting right back on track. Next up: at Canyon View, Friday.
12. Davis (3-1) Class: 5A
Was: 16. Points: 177. Last week: Beat Clearfield, 21-6.
Outlook: The Darts have played well throughout the opening month of the season, and this weekend should tell us exactly where they stand. Next up: at Layton, Friday.
13. Highland (2-2) Class: 4A
Was: 7. Points: 173. Last week: Lost to East, 14-7.
Outlook: Opening league loss to rival makes it much harder for Highland to extend its long run of region championships, but there's still a long road ahead. Next up: vs. Granger, Friday.
14. Skyline (2-2) Class: 5A
Was: 8. Points: 158. Last week: Lost to American Fork, 24-20.
Outlook: Skyline's red-hot start seems like forever ago, and the Eagles must now beat a highly motivated and much-improved Kearns bunch just to avoid losing three in a row. Next up: at Kearns, Friday.
15. Logan (3-1) Class: 3A
Was: 15. Points: 155. Last week: Beat Judge, 46-21.
Outlook: Following the humbling loss to neighbor Sky View two weeks ago, Logan showed it's nonetheless the team to beat in 3A by dispatching Judge. Next up: vs. Highland, Idaho, Friday.
16. Bountiful (3-1) Class: 4A
Was: 17. Points: 117. Last week: Beat Bonneville, 17-0.
Outlook: Braves notched their second shutout of the season by blanking Bonneville. Next up: at Box Elder, Friday.
17. Riverton (3-1) Class: 5A
Was: 20. Points: 105. Last week: Beat Hillcrest, 49-14.
Outlook: A win this weekend would go a long way to prove that Riverton is legit. Next up: at Jordan, Friday.
18. Juan Diego (4-0) Class: 3A
Was: 18. Points: 104. Last week: Beat Wasatch, 31-0.
Outlook: Soaring Eagle has just been destroying teams, but will it continue with Judge coming to town? Next up: vs. Judge, Friday.
19. Lone Peak (3-1) Class: 5A
Was: 19. Points: 99. Last week: Beat Park City, 23-0.
Outlook: All signs to this point suggest Lone Peak will be a player in the postseason. Next up: vs. Bingham, Friday.
20.West Jordan (4-0) Class: 5A
Was: 25. Points: 86. Last week: Beat Taylorsville, 44-6.
Outlook: Relatively untested Jags should wrap up their preseason with a comfortable win this weekend. Next up: at Hillcrest, Friday.
21. American Fork (2-2) Class: 5A
Was: . Points: 77. Last week: Beat Skyline, 24-20.
Outlook: Wrapped up brutal stretch against three Salt Lake squads by dispatching Skyline. Next up: vs. San Miguel, Calif., Friday.
22. Jordan (1-3) Class: 5A
Was: 14. Points: 71. Last week: Lost to Bingham, 27-7.
Outlook: 'Diggers may feel they're the best 1-3 team in Utah, but they've got to start putting up W's. Next up: vs. Riverton, Friday.
23. Kearns (3-1) Class: 5A
Was: . Points: 68. Last week: Beat Lehi, 12-8.
Outlook: Cougars weren't quite ready for the big lights when Alta beat them two weeks ago, but they get another chance to shine in the spotlight this weekend. Next up: vs. Skyline, Friday.
24. Viewmont (2-2) Class: 5A
Was: o. Points: 39. Last week: Beat Syracuse, 13-7.
Outlook: Gritty Viewmont took care of business against upstart Syracuse. Next up: at Clearfield, Friday.
25. Syracuse (3-1) Class: 5A
Was: 23. Points: 25. Last week: Lost to Viewmont, 13-7.
Outlook: Over the next two weeks, Titans need to take care of business against two very beatable opponents. Next up: at Weber, Friday.
Others receiving votes: Hurricane 21, Copper Hills 12, Spanish Fork 11, Tooele 10, Delta 10, Hunter 5, Judge 5, North Summit 4, Park City 3, Dixie 1.
Dropped out: No. 21 Copper Hills, No. 22 Judge.