Which State Plays the Best High School Football?

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OK, here we go!

Practice in helmets and shoulder pads begins in Arizona and Tennessee on Monday. Inspired, by a tweet by TexasHSFooball.com about whether California or Texas played the best school football, we thought it would be great to create an online contest allowing everyone to vote in a competitive format on our social media platforms — Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

What’s a competitive format?

We decided that we’d take the Top 8 states in the nation, according to our Preseason 100 and have them square-off in three rounds of voting to determine who’s the best.

We’re seeding the teams, according to our algorithm. Texas is the top seeded state, followed by No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 Florida.

We’ll total the votes from every platform to decide who will advance to the next round.

Here are the first round match-ups with voting starting Monday and running through Tuesday.

No. 1 Texas vs. No. 8 Alabama

No. 4 California vs. No. 5 Ohio

No. 3 Georgia vs. 6 No. Louisiana

No. 2 Florida vs. No. 7 New Jersey

The winners will advance to the semifinals that begin Wednesday. The finals are set for next weekend starting on Friday.

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About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.