The Medina Bees are heading into a week 3 matchup in which they're projected to win by a score of 33-22 over the Wadsworth Grizzlies. While they go into Friday with a 53.31% chance of victory, the game isn't played on paper and the Bees will need to earn it on the field. Medina, the 81st-ranked team in the state, host a fellow top-100 team this week as Wadsworth comes into the game ranked 35th. Wadsworth hopes to mount an effort on Friday that will prove that they are, indeed, the better of the two. One of the more familiar matchups of week 3, both teams know what to expect. Wadsworth will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 3 of the last 5 matchups. In the most recent season's matchup, the Grizzlies proved superior, winning 28-7.
Wadsworth comes off of a 20-17 win against the Wooster Generals, which brought their record to 2-0. They are projected to finish the season 9th in the region with a record of 5-5 - they'll need to do better than that to secure a spot in the postseason. They could use some improvement on both sides of the ball - on offense, they rank 34th in Division 2 with 31 points per game; on defense, they give up 18.5 points per game, which ranks 41st.
After failing to make the playoffs in 2018, Medina looks like they'll be making a run in the 2019 postseason. After a 31-0 win against the Highland Hornets, they are 2-0 and expect to make the playoffs, projected as the 4th-ranked team in the regional playoff standings. On defense, the strength of the team thus far, they rank 5th in Division 1, allowing an average of 5 points per game. Offensively, their average of 26 ranks 34th in their division.
Prediction: Medina to win (53.31% chance of victory)