The Springfield Wildcats have a tough game on the schedule for week 3, heading into Friday as a 1-point favorite over the Miamisburg Vikings. Projected as one of the closest matchups of the week, it's definitely one to keep an eye on. The Wildcats, one of the better teams statewide, come into the game ranked 69th. On the other hand, the Vikings come in ranked 117th in the state and 37th in Division 1. In this evenly-matched a game, there is no way to tell who will come out on top. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. Stylistically and schematically, past matchups are often used as a guiding tool. This week, however, each team will likely take time to adjust to an unfamiliar opponent, which should make for some added excitement.
Last week's 16-12 loss against the Fairfield Indians brought Springfield's record to 1-1. Their postseason hopes alive and well, the Wildcats are projected to finish 8th in their region. The strength of the team comes on defense, where they give up 11.5 points per game, good for 17th in Division 1. Their offense ranks 29th in the division with 28 points per game.
Last season, Miamisburg was left out of the postseason and is in danger of being left out yet again as their 3-7 projected record puts them at 14th in the regional playoff standings. After a 37-6 loss against the Olentangy Braves last week, they are 1-1 and hope to increase their playoff chances with a win. The Vikings have struggled thus far on each side of the ball. Scoring 17 points per game, they rank 50th in Division 1. Defensively, giving up 29 points per game, ranks 54th in the division.
Prediction: Springfield to win (53.95% chance of victory)