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. Timpview (4-0) Class: 4A
Was: 2. Points: 341. Last week: Beat Payson, 30-0.
Outlook: T-Birds have been the highest-ranked Utah team in various national rankings throughout the season, and they finally ascend to the top spot of this list. Next up: vs. Mountain View, Friday.
2. Alta (4-1) Class: 5A
Was: 1. Points: 337. Last week: Lost to Grant, Calif., 35-28.
Outlook: Turnovers plagued the Hawks throughout their loss to an out-of-state opponent. Next up: at Skyline, Friday.
3. Cottonwood (5-0) Class: 4A
Was: 3. Points: 326. Last week: Beat Cyprus, 37-0.
Outlook: Back-to-back shutouts demonstrate what we already know: The Colts have an outstanding team. Next up: vs. West, Friday.
4. Layton (4-1) Class: 5A
Was: 4. Points: 306. Last week: Beat Davis, 13-7.
Outlook: It was extremely tough, but Layton took care of Davis and now faces its archrival. Next up: vs. Northridge, Friday.
5. Northridge (4-1) Class: 5A
Was: 5. Points: 293. Last week: Beat Fremont, 42-28.
Outlook: One would think Northridge is tired of hearing about how good its archrival is, and the Knights have a huge opportunity to earn Layton City bragging rights this weekend. Next up: at Layton, Friday.
6. Sky View (5-0) Class: 4A
Was: 6. Points: 272. Last week: Beat Roy, 62-0.
Outlook: Bobcats simply took their opening two league opponents to the woodshed. Next up: vs. Bonneville, Friday.
7. Bingham (3-2) Class: 5A
Was: 7. Points: 269. Last week: Beat Lone Peak, 24-8.
Outlook: Bingham is starting to look like Bingham again, and you have to consider the Miners favorites to extend their long run of consecutive region titles. Next up: vs. West Jordan, Thursday.
8. Pleasant Grove (4-1) Class: 5A
Was: 9. Points: 242. Last week: Beat Brighton, 24-6.
Outlook: Vikings have pretty much done everything right since losing to Timpview on opening night. Next up: vs. Timpanogos, Friday.
9. East (4-1) Class: 4A
Was: 8. Points: 238. Last week Beat Murray, 34-7.
Outlook: Leopards simply need to keep their focus over the next two weeks. Next up: at Granger, Friday.
10. Mountain Crest (4-1) Class: 4A
Was: 10. Points: 216. Last week: Beat Bonneville, 20-7.
Outlook: With Sky View destroying everyone in sight, Mustangs must come up with a win in this week's huge showdown against Bountiful just to keep pace. Next up: vs. Bountiful, Friday.
11. Pine View (4-1) Class: 4A
Was: 11. Points: 204. Last week: Beat Canyon View, 56-6.
Outlook: Panthers better know they're gonna have a serious battle on their hands when Hurricane rides into town. Next up: vs. Hurricane, Friday.
12. Highland (3-2) Class: 4A
Was: 13. Points: 182. Last week: Beat Granger, 34-8.
Outlook: Highland should take care of business against Olympus before its showdown with Cottonwood next week. Next up: at Olympus, Friday.
13. Skyline (3-2) Class: 5A
Was: 14. Points: 177. Last week: Beat Kearns, 35-7.
Outlook: Eagles bounced back in impressive fashion last week, but will they have the horses to beat the defending champs? Next up: vs. Alta, Friday.
14. Logan (4-1) Class: 3A
Was: 15. Points: 171. Last week: Beat Highland, Idaho, 38-33.
Outlook: Having wrapped up a highly productive preseason, Logan looks to continue the momentum in Reg. 11. Next up: vs. Grantsville, Friday.
15. Davis (3-2) Class: 5A
Was: 12. Points: 150. Last week: Lost to Layton 13-7.
Outlook: Davis played pretty well in loss to Layton and needs to just keep going forward. Next up: vs. Weber, Friday.
16. Bountiful (4-1) Class: 4A
Was: 16. Points: 137. Last week: Beat Bonneville, 17-0.
Outlook: Will the Braves methodical approach work against highly regarded Mountain Crest? Next up: at Mountain Crest, Friday.
17. Juan Diego (5-0) Class: 3A
Was: 18. Points: 120. Last week: Beat Judge, 35-7.
Outlook: After leaving its Catholic rival befuddled, there's no doubt that Juan Diego's defense is legit, and its entire team is awfully solid. Next up: vs. Salem Hills, Friday.
18. West Jordan (5-0) Class: 5A
Was: 20. Points: 102. Last week: Beat Hillcrest, 20-17.
Outlook: Jags needed OT just to beat Hillcrest, raising many doubts over whether they can legitimately hang with Bingham this week. Next up: at Bingham, Thursday.
19. Jordan (2-3) Class: 5A
Was: 22. Points: 100. Last week: Beat Riverton, 29-22.
Outlook: A win over a decent opponent was just what the doctor ordered for 'Diggers. Next up: at Hillcrest, Friday.
20.American Fork (3-2) Class: 5A
Was: 21. Points: 97. Last week: Beat Mt. Miguel, Calif., 54-34.
Outlook: American Fork's offense exploded in win over an out-of-state squad. Next up: vs. Spanish Fork, Friday.
21. Viewmont (3-2) Class: 5A
Was: 24. Points: 60. Last week: Beat Clearfield, 33-18.
Outlook: Vikes struggled against Clearfield before piling on 26 points in the fourth quarter to come from behind. Next up: vs. Fremont, Friday.
22. Lone Peak (3-2) Class: 5A
Was: 19. Points: 43. Last week: Lost to Bingham, 24-8.
Outlook: Upstart Knights were humbled by one of 5A's elite. Next up: vs. Lehi, Friday.
T-23. Syracuse (4-1) Class: 5A
Was: 25. Points: 41. Last week: Beat Weber, 30-0.
Outlook: Rivalry game presents a big chance for Titans to impressively move to 5-1. Next up: vs. Clearfield, Friday.
T-23. Riverton (3-2) Class: 5A
Was: 17. Points: 41. Last week: Lost to Jordan, 29-22.
Outlook: This is simplistic, but Riverton continues to beat the teams it should and lose to the teams it should. Next up: vs. Copper Hills, Thursday.
25. Hurricane (5-0) Class: 3A
Was: . Points: 38. Last week: Beat Park City, 31-0.
Outlook: Tigers have been one of the best-kept secrets in the state, but they face a mammoth challenge at Pine View this weekend to maintain their unblemished record. Next up: at Pine View, Friday.
Others receiving votes: Kearns 12, Copper Hills 10, Dixie 9, Hunter 7, Delta 6, North Summit 3.
Dropped out: No. 23 Kearns.