There isn’t a surprise at the top of our first Power 15 poll of the 2021 season, as Oakland opens at No. 1 looking to repeat its 6A title from a year ago and remain unbeaten as long as possible.
Beyond the top spot, several teams can stake a claim to being the Patriots’ successor should they fall, with a few more waiting in the wings to move up if early-season upsets occur.
Week 1: at Hendersonville. Last season: 15-0, Class 6A champion.
Week 1: at MBA. Last season: 7-5, lost in 2nd round of 6A playoffs.
Week 1: at Independence. Last season: 11-2, Division II-Class AA champion.
4. Lipscomb Academy
Week 1: vs. Greater Atlanta Christian (Ga.). Last season: 10-3, lost in BlueCross Bowl.
Week 1: at Henry County. Last season: 14-1, Class 5A champion.
Week 1: vs. Ravenwood. Last season: 6-3, lost in Division II-Class AAA semifinals.
Week 1: vs. CPA. Last season: 7-3, lost in 2nd round of 6A playoffs.
8. Brentwood Academy
Week 1: at Florence (Ala.). Last season: 10-1, lost in Division II-Class AAA semifinals.
Week 1: vs. Farragut. Last season: 9-2, lost in Class 5A quarterfinals.
Week 1: at Cane Ridge. Last season: 8-1, lost in Class 3A semifinals.
Week 1: vs. Franklin. Last season: 9-3, lost in Class 6A quarterfinals.
12. Pope John Paul II
Week 1: vs. Hillsboro. Last season: 7-3, lost in Division II-Class AAA quarterfinals.
Week 1: at Blackman. Last season: 10-4, lost in Class 6A BlueCross Bowl.
14. Mt. Juliet
Week 1: vs. Gallatin. Last season: 7-4, lost in 2nd round of 6A playoffs.
15. Cane Ridge
Week 1: vs. Pearl-Cohn. Last season: 3-4, lost in 1st round of 6A playoffs.
Other teams considered: Ensworth, Hendersonville, Hillsboro, Lebanon, Nolensville, Page.