Crush@Wranglers(Default Game of the Week)
The early season schedule that the Crush have been forced to navigate will have prepared them well for this game. They are not nearly as bad as the scores of their games have indicated and will demonstrate it in Lima this week. They have some playmakers on offense and finally having a defense that the O-line can contain will give their QB some time to make good decisions. The Crush defense is very physical and still has good size and will flex its muscles against a hapless Wranglers offense.
The Cougars newfound zone blocking scheme will keep this game close for at least 2 quarters. Following halftime the Generals will pull away due to shear athleticism and numbers. The Cougars will travel with their typical low 20's, but do have a serious weapon in their young QB as long is he is healthy following his injury against the Shamrock. This may be the Cougars most athletic team to date, but they do not match up well against a Generals team that is built on athleticism.
The only hope the Shamrock have is that half the Warrior team will sty home in Dayton. Unfortunately for the Shamrock 1/3 of the Warrior team lives in South Bend. The Warriors will travel with just enough to take advantage of a young Shamrock team that was exploited last week by the Cougars. Mitch is a very respectable guy who runs a good program, but this year he just does not have the horses to play with the big boys.
Stampede@Pirates(MFL Game of the Week)
Defense, defense and more defense. Two of the IFL's toughest defenses will lock horns on Saturday. This game may come down to who makes less mistakes. The Stampede have gotten better each week since their last meeting with the Pirates and I expect a much less sloppy game than the first. Stampede will have just enough offense to escape with a hard fought road win.
No contest...despite the long road trip for the Bearcats this one will not even be close. I respect the Vikings for showing up with enthusiasm week in and week out, but the results this week will be very similiar to week's past.
Patriots are firing on all cylinders, while the Cardinals have yet to perform consistently. Cardinals will put up a good fight in this one, but will come up short.
Wildcats will get much needed road win this week. Running game will get going this week and show shades of last year. Riot will be hard pressed to get on the board in this one.
Blitz are almost unbeatable at home and the Wolverines do not have the offensive firepower to overcome Blitz strength which is their D. However, I do believe the Wolverine defense will put the offense in the position to score at least one TD.
YAWN!!!!!!!!!!Is this really a "playoff" game. Gotta love the idea that every team makes the playoffs and gets to participate. What that creates is a mismatch such as this one in which the hosts have already slaughtered their opponent twice in one season and are forced to bring them in for a "playoff" game. The only suspense in this one is how many young players from the Columbus community will take advantage of the Youth Football promotion and come to the game for free. Goodluck to the Panthers convincing their players to come for the 3rd whipping of the year by a team that is light years beyond the other MOFL teams!
Get a bit more in the know. Neither the Pirates nor the Stampede are in the IFL.