Friday's matchup between the Woodward Polar Bears and the Waite Indians takes place between two teams that, as of now, most likely will not earn postseason bids. Currently, the Polar Bears and the Indians are projected to finish 21st and 24th in their respective regional playoff standings. Waite enters the week as a 12-point favorite and will look to expand their playoff chances with a victory on Friday. Woodward hopes to mount an effort on Friday that will prove that they are, indeed, the better of the two. One of the more familiar matchups of week 7, both teams know what to expect. Woodward will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 3 of the last 5 matchups. In the most recent season's matchup, the Polar Bears proved superior, winning 20-18.
Woodward is 1-5 after their 22-0 win against the Bowsher Rebels last week. This week, they look to build on that victory on the way to what they hope will be a strong finish to the season. So far this season, they've been lacking statistically on both sides of the ball. In Division 3, they rank 100th on offense, scoring an average of 11.3 points per game - on defense, they rank 95th, giving up an average of 34.5.
Waite comes into Friday looking to put a halt to their 6-game losing streak and build some momentum moving forward. Last week's loss came at the hands of the Start Spartans, who beat the Indians by a score of 24-21. The Indians aren't particularly dominant on either side of the ball. On offense, they rank 101st in Division 2 with 8.8 points per game. Their defense, which gives up 30.5 points per game, ranks 78th in their division.
Prediction: Waite to win (87.77% chance of victory)