The Olentangy Braves enter the first week of the playoffs against the Troy Trojans in a game they're projected to win by a score of 34-15. 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 2019 season with a loss. The Braves, one of the top teams in Division 2, come into the game ranked 30th. The Trojans come in ranked 24th. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Saturday's game is a chance for each to test its skills and strategies against an unfamiliar opponent. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.
Olentangy will look to rebound this week after their Westerville Central Warhawks in their last game. The Braves have struggled on offense, scoring only 21.5 points per game over their last 4 games. On the year, they rank 50th in Division 2, scoring an average of 24.8 points per game over the course of the season. On the opposite side of the ball, they rank 50th in the division, allowing 24.3 points per game.
Troy tallied up a 35-9 win against the Piqua Indians last week, bringing their record to 8-2 - they'll look to add to the win column once again on Saturday. Particularly in recent weeks, the Trojans offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 4 games, they've put up an average of 21.25 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 25.2, which ranks 47th in Division 2. On defense, they're not much better statistically. They rank 19th in their division, allowing 17.1 points per game. However, they have improved as the season's gone on, giving up an average of 9.71 points over their last 7.
Prediction: Olentangy to win (89.14% chance of victory)