One of the most highly anticipated matchups of the first round comes between the Buckeye Bucks and the Sandusky Blue Streaks, the Bucks projected to win by a score of 33-29. The playoffs are the best time of the year but also come with a great deal of drama as many powerhouses will even see their seasons cut short. Each week, it's do or die and, after this week is complete, half of the current playoff teams will be eliminated. The Blue Streaks rank 36th in the division while the Bucks rank 19th. 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.
Sandusky hopes to build off of last week's 49-14 win against the Perkins Pirates and finish the season strong. The Blue Streaks offense is the 22nd-ranked offense in Division 3, scoring an average of 33.9 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 6 games, however, they've cooled off, averaging 29.33 points per game. Their defense gives up an average of 23.7 points per game, ranking 59th in their division.
Buckeye is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 3-game winning streak, including last week's 42-6 win against the Parma Redmen. That brings their record to 8-2 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Bucks offense is one of the most high-powered in their division, particularly in recent weeks. For the year, they rank 12th in Division 3 with 36.2 points per game. Over the last 3 weeks, they've scored an average of 36.2. Their defense ranks 26th in their division allowing an average of 16 points per game, but they have shown improvement in recent weeks - in their last 2 games, they've given up an average of 10.5 points.
Prediction: Buckeye to win (91.88% chance of victory)