Pflugerville in Texas has played 15 games. Shabazz in New Jersey hasn't played any.
Mater Dei in Southern California was allowed to start practicing in mid-August. Bishop O'Dowd in Northern California wasn't allowed to start practicing until Nov. 4.
Teams in some states can travel whenever and wherever they want. Teams in other states are limited by state rules or league requirements.
Many teams can't play on Sundays. Others can — but have a limit on how many games they can play in a week, or how many days in a row they can take the court.
In short, the playing field in high school basketball is far from level, and yet all these different schools competing under all these different conditions are thrown into the same blender when the Xcellent 25 comes out.
Still, here's week two's attempt …MaxPreps Xcellent 25 Girls Basketball Rankings Presented by the Army National Guard1. (Preseason 1) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) 2-0
Malik McCord and his Dragons started the season by thumping a solid Oakland Tech team, and then knocked off Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.), the defending Division II (second-largest) champion, 51-40.2. (2) Whitney Young (Chicago) 3-0
The Dolphins also will face some tough competition early, as one of Nevada's top programs, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), comes to Chicago this weekend.3. (3) Science Hill (Johnson City, Tenn.) 6-0
The Hilltoppers barely escaped Morristown-Hamblen West in their opener, but have righted the ship since. Webb is on tap this weekend, though, and the Spartans won 24 games a year ago.
4. (4) St. Mary's (Phoenix) 6-0
The defending national champs traveled to northern Arizona for a tournament and, after struggling a bit in a 50-32 win over Dixie of Utah, rolled over Chandler in the finals.5. (5) Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) 1-0
The Falcons also jumped right into things, facing preseason No. 12 McDonogh in the season opener — and thanks in part to 17 points from Amanda Fioravanti
, rolled to a 55-31 win.