One of the most highly anticipated matchups of the second round comes between the Dublin Coffman Shamrocks and the Whitmer Panthers, the Shamrocks projected to win by a score of 28-22. The playoffs are the best time of the year but also come with a great deal of drama as many powerhouses will even see their seasons cut short. Each week, it's do or die and, after this week is complete, half of the current playoff teams will be eliminated. Whitmer comes in as Division 1's 6th-ranked team. Dublin Coffman comes in ranked 8th. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Looking to build upon their 5-game winning streak, Whitmer comes into the week at 9-2. After their 20-17 win against the Olentangy Orange Pioneers, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. Scoring an average of 32.9 points per game on offense, the Panthers rank 12th in Division 1. They've been even more explosive in recent weeks, scoring an average of 37 over their last 5 games. Their defense ranks 32nd in their division giving up an average of 18.7 points per game, but they've been improving with each game - over the last 2 weeks, they've allowed an average of 12 points.
For Dublin Coffman, Saturday is a chance to expand on a 3-game winning streak after their 27-10 win against the Westerville Central Warhawks brought their record to 10-1. The Shamrocks offense is the 16th-ranked offense in Division 1, scoring an average of 30 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they haven't been quite as explosive as they've averaged 22 points per game. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 15.5 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 15th in their division. Over the last 2 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 5 points per game.
Prediction: Dublin Coffman to win (71.08% chance of victory)