In their third game of the 2018 playoffs, the Granville Blue Aces will play at home in the regional finals against the Sheridan Generals in what looks to be one of the most competitive matchups of the season. The Blue Aces come into the game as 3-point favorites, projected to come away with the victory by a score of 30-27. The playoffs are an interesting time of year as 7 teams fulfill their most ambitious goal in winning a state championship while the other 217 playoff teams will end their season with a loss. This matchup is no different as the winner will continue their playoff run while the loser will end its 2018 season with a loss. Sheridan comes in as Division 3's 20th-ranked team. Granville comes in ranked 13th. 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 4-game winning streak, Sheridan comes into the week at 10-1. After their 27-19 win against the Bellbrook Golden Eagles, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. Scoring an average of 43.2 points per game on offense, the Generals rank 2nd in Division 3. They've been even more explosive in recent weeks, scoring an average of 47.5 over their last 2 games. While their defense has given up more points than usual in recent weeks, they deserve every bit as much of the credit for this season's successes as the offense. Over the course of the season, they've given up an average of 8 points per game, which ranks 1st in their division.
Granville is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 8-game winning streak, including last week's 38-7 win against the Jackson Ironmen. That brings their record to 10-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Blue Aces are undeniably one of Division 3's best offenses, averaging 32.6 points per game, which ranks 19th. In their last 5 games, they've been even better, scoring 38.2 points per game. While their offense is solid, the defense deserves equal credit for the season's successes. Their 10.2 points allowed per game ranks 4th in the division and continues to get better week by week - in their last 2 games, they've given up just 7 points per game.
Prediction: Granville to win (88.01% chance of victory)