Preseason Top 10 football rankings
1. Palma: Loaded at the skilled positions with a talented unit returning on defense.
2. Salinas: It almost feels sacrilegious ranking a program that has won five straight league titles in this spot.
3. Aptos: Reigning Gabilan Division tri-champions haven’t missed the playoffs in 13 years.
4. Monterey: CCS Division V finalists have moved to the Gabilan Division this fall.
5. Hollister: Won four of its last five games last fall to reach the CCS Division III finals.
6. Soquel: Moving up a division in the PCAL for the fourth straight season to the Gabilan.
7. Carmel: The core of a group that averaged over 50 points a game in its last two games is back.
8. Seaside: Depth is a concern for a program with a talented group at the skilled positions.
9. Scotts Valley: Three losses last season to three teams that reached the postseason.
10. Soledad: Rattled off a school record nine straight wins in capturing the Mission Division title.
On the bubble: Alvarez, Alisal, St. Francis, Stevenson, King City.