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Get ready for the eight state championship games with videos and previews.

Over the past 39 years, the IHSA state football finals have formed a rich history of great players, exciting games and memorable moments.

The championships have been played at the University of Illinois, Northwestern and Illinois State during that time, but have never been hosted by Northern Illinois until this weekend.

Here's a quick look at the extensive history of the IHSA state football finals as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Read more about the history of the state football championships.