Olentangy @ Springfield
Sunday, September 8, 2019
By HighSchoolBall.com Staff

The Olentangy Braves enter the week confident that they'll get a win over the Springfield Blue Devils. Olentangy comes into Friday as a 25-point favorite so they'll be looking to assert their dominance in week 3. The better team on paper, the Braves come into the game ranked 67th in the state and 18th in Division 2. The Blue Devils come in ranked 261st in the state and 59th in Division 2. The Braves expect a road victory on Friday and have a solid chance of getting one. A rematch from their game last season, this matchup will be a good gauge on how each team has improved or regressed. Last year, the Braves got the better of the Blue Devils, winning by a score of 53-33.

Olentangy comes into Friday's game 1-1 after a 37-6 win against the Miamisburg Vikings. They come into the week projected to finish the season 6-4, which should place them in the playoffs as the region's 6th best team. They could use some improvement on both sides of the ball - on offense, they rank 52nd in Division 2 with 25 points per game; on defense, they give up 14.5 points per game, which ranks 28th.

After a playoff season in 2018, early indications are that their projected record of 5-5 may not be enough for Springfield to make the postseason in 2019. They come off of a 55-27 loss against the Sandusky Blue Streaks, which brings their current record to 0-2. Coming into the week, they are projected to finish 6th in the regional playoff standings. The Blue Devils aren't particularly dominant on either side of the ball. On offense, they rank 80th in Division 2 with 13.5 points per game. Their defense, which gives up 51.5 points per game, ranks 104th in their division.

Prediction: Olentangy to win (90.70% chance of victory) 

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