The halfway point of the Junior Varsity season is coming up, so playoff pushes are starting to be formed after Week 3. This week on JV LoL Takeaways, we look into which teams are sticking out, which conferences hold heated races, and see how one team is standing out from the rest.
- Being an undefeated team in your respective conference at this point in the season can give a lot of satisfaction and security, while also showing dominance. However, there is an even more elite group within the undefeated teams that is more impressive. As of the current standings, 21 teams have an undefeated overall game record to go along with a perfect match record. While this number can be skewed by forfeit wins and unrecorded matches, this is still a striking feat to achieve so far. Over the next couple of weeks, we will have to see how much this number fluctuates.
- Although there are still four more weeks of matches, it is fun to look at which conferences are showing signs of having tight playoff races. From a statistical perspective, there are six conferences that have five teams with a winning record. While this number can also be skewed by lack of input and/or forfeit wins, this still gives us storylines to follow to see which conferences bring the most excitement and best teams. With only three teams being able to qualify for playoffs, these conferences will have the more crucial matches in the final weeks.
- Two weeks ago, the Power Five conference teams posted a combined match record of 8-13. Since then, that record has skyrocketed to a whopping 79-66 match record. While this record might be bloated, it shows strong improvement from a group of conferences that have started to come out with interest in creating self-standing leagues, like the Big Ten Network’s league and newly student-crafted Pac-12 independent league. Developing strong Junior Varsity teams will help the Varsity teams in the long run.
- With no broadcasted matches this week, looking around for intriguing stats has been all the more fun. One stat that I discovered is not only totally random but involves my university as well. Mississippi State is the only competing team to have an 0-3 match record while losing every match 2-1. So, to my friends on that team, come on man!
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George Crook is a Junior Interdisciplinary Studies major at Mississippi State University, with concentrations in Sports Studies and Public Relations. Alongside being a Staff Writer for the Collegiate Starleague, he also works as a Marketing Intern within the university’s Athletic Department. You can find him on Twitter @gcrook__.
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