The Westerville South Wildcats have a tough game on the schedule for week 4, heading into Friday as a 1-point favorite over the Upper Arlington Golden Bears. Projected as one of the closest matchups of the week, it's definitely one to keep an eye on. As slight road favorites, the Wildcats come in hoping to edge out the Golden Bears on their home field. Having matched up in 2018, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. Last season, the Golden Bears beat the Wildcats 37-29.
In 2019, Westerville South has a competitive advantage in the region as opposed to last season. After missing out on the playoffs in 2018, they sit at 3-0 and are projected to finish 8th in the regional playoff standings. They're a high-powered offense, scoring an average of 44 points per game, ranking 5th in Division 2. Their defense gives up an average of 16 points per game, which ranks 26th in the division.
Last season, Upper Arlington was left out of the postseason and is in danger of being left out yet again as their 5-5 projected record puts them at 10th in the regional playoff standings. After a 30-7 loss against the Winton Woods Warriors last week, they are 1-2 and hope to increase their playoff chances with a win. The Golden Bears have struggled thus far on each side of the ball. Scoring 21.7 points per game, they rank 44th in Division 1. Defensively, giving up 19.7 points per game, ranks 31st in the division.
Prediction: Westerville South to win (56.42% chance of victory)