Without Scioto, first place seems wide open this year. I can see five different teams having a good chance of winning. (Sidney, Copley, Beavercreek, MV, and Fisher) There should be a ton of upsets as well; I doubt the champion will be undefeated. Looking forward to playing this great field!
I actually think team from Boardman has a better chance than FC at winning. Superior geo + current events knowledge to what the Irish have.
Bold, yet completely innocent prediction: half the field cracks 20ppb. Although I haven't actually looked to see what bonus conversion across the country for IS-166 is, this is just a loaded field.
Over/under on first place ties (record-wise) for preliminary brackets after five rounds: 2.