The IHSA is set to release the official football conference alignments and schedules at around July 3, 2013.
One game that is already being talked about will be the highly anticipated matchup between Taft and Whitney Young.
These two teams have seldom played each other since 2000 because for most of that time Taft and Whitney Young have been in different football conferences. The last time I remember these two school playing against each other was in 2006 when Whitney Young beat Taft 25-24 when they were both in the Illini Red Bird Conference. That defeat helped in sending Taft to a last place conference finish that year and get sent back to the Chicago conference.
This year, Taft and Whitney Young will both be in the Chicago Big Shoulders Conference. They are expected to be the pre-season conference favorites- with Steinmetz still in the picture.
This game will be especially big for Whitney Young more so than Taft. I say this because Whitney Young is a team that historically has been and definitely want to play in the Illini Conference. The Illini is the top conference in the Public League. Whitney Young was sent down to the lower Chicago conference because they finished last in the Illini- Red Bird last season.
Usually, the winner of a Chicago conference accepts the bid to go to an Illini conference. However, Taft has declined to do so when they won their Chicago Big Shoulders conference two of the past 3 years. So, Whitney Young must beat Taft if they want to win conference and then take care of the rest of their conference foes (which is not a 100% certainty). If Whitney Young does not beat Taft, they face the prospect of having to face Taft again next season in the same conference.
The bottom line is that this game is huge and will undoutably be one of the game to watch this upcoming football season.