For the Granville Blue Aces, week 3 brings a matchup that will likely come down to the wire against the Eastmoor Academy Warriors. Coming into the game as a slight 6-point favorite, the Blue Aces will look to prove they are the better team beyond any statistical comparisons. This week's matchup pits two of the Division 3's best against one another. Eastmoor Academy ranks 20th while Granville ranks 19th. Statistics and rankings aside, this one's completely up in the air and will likely go to whichever team plays at its highest level. A new matchup on the schedule for each team, Friday'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.
After a playoff appearance in 2018, Eastmoor Academy's playoff chances aren't looking quite as good as they did towards the end of last season. Coming into the week with a 1-1 record, they are projected to finish the year 12th in the region with a record of 6-4. They could use some improvement on both sides of the ball - on offense, they rank 81st in Division 3 with 14.5 points per game; on defense, they give up 15.5 points per game, which ranks 35th.
Granville may need to make some improvements in order to reach the playoffs again in 2019. After reaching the Regional Semifinals in 2018, they are projected to finish the season 9th in the regional playoff standings. Last week, a 21-7 win against the Clear Fork Colts brought their record to 2-0. They'll need every win they can get moving forward to make a repeat playoff appearance. On defense, the strength of the team thus far, they rank 15th in Division 3, allowing an average of 7.5 points per game. Offensively, their average of 22.5 ranks 58th in their division.
Prediction: Granville to win (81.45% chance of victory)