Last year Jeff Richgels predicted 9600 to win. While Junior Team USA 1 proved him wrong with an incredible performance, there weren't too many other teams to top the 9600 mark.
With how tough the patterns are, how much they're transitioning this year, the new lane panels and topography job, and just how good these guys are, their 9672 just might hold on.
There are maybe three or four teams left that you would expect to maybe put up a better number. But it wouldn't take too much of an off day for even the best teams to fall short of that lead.
I'm saying 9672 is a lot better in reality than it looks on paper. I would not be surprised to see it hold on.
It would take averaging 3225 a set to take the lead. So far, there have only been two 3200s bowled in the Team event, and I would bet there have been zero bowled in doubles.
Nowadays, I open bowl practice and go to Nationals every year.
USBC Open personal bests: 226/602/1690
USBC Open career average: 174.66 (45 Games)
See you in Reno 2020!