For the Poland Seminary Bulldogs, week 4 brings a matchup that will likely come down to the wire against the South Range Raiders. Coming into the game as a slight 6-point favorite, the Bulldogs will look to prove they are the better team beyond any statistical comparisons. This looks to be a close and exciting game, which will be fun at least for the team that comes out on top. 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.
South Range is looking like an early playoff bubble team after missing out on the postseason in 2019. After a 33-0 win against the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders, they sit at 2-1 and are projected to finish 8th in the regional playoff standings. Their defense has been one of the best in Division 5, ranking 9th with 7.7 points allowed per game. On offense, they rank 38th, scoring an average of 31.7 points per game.
Poland Seminary has a great chance at the postseason this year after they failed to make it a year ago. They come into the week 1-2 after last week's 14-13 loss against the Howland Tigers and are projected to finish the season ranked 3rd in the region in terms of playoff points. Neither side of the ball has been particularly strong for the Bulldogs. Their offense scores an average of 17 points per game and their defense allows an average of 21.3 points per game, ranking 71st and 51st in Division 4 respectively.
Prediction: Poland Seminary to win (73.05% chance of victory)