The Olentangy Liberty Patriots and the Glenville Tarblooders meet on Friday for what looks like a relatively one-sided matchup. The Patriots are projected to win by a score of 31-10 and have a 99.84% chance to win outright. The Patriots rank 16th in the state while the Tarblooders rank 169th in the state and 37th in Division 3. The Patriots come into the week expecting the home victory, which is the most probable outcome. However, the upset-minded Tarblooders will come in looking to prove preconceived notions wrong. Having matched up in 2018, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. Last season, the Tarblooders beat the Patriots 19-17.
After two weeks, the Tarblooders are looking like an improved team. After failing to make the playoffs in 2018, they come into week 3 with a 0-2 record. Projected to finish 7th in the region, they have a strong chance of making the playoffs if they can win the games they're expected to. Thus far, they haven't been particularly strong in terms of scoring on either side of the ball. Their offense ranks 89th in Division 3, scoring an average of 12 points per game. On defense, giving up 23 points per game, they rank 57th in the division.
For Olentangy Liberty, last week's 19-10 win against the Wayne Warriors brings their record to 2-0. Projected to finish 3rd in the region with a 7-3 record, they'll likely be looking at playoffs if they can meet expectations. On defense, the strength of the team thus far, they rank 20th in Division 1, allowing an average of 14.5 points per game. Offensively, their average of 25 ranks 35th in their division.
Prediction: Olentangy Liberty to win (99.84% chance of victory)