Friday's matchup between the Tippecanoe Red Devils and the Butler Aviators takes place between two teams that most likely will not make the playoffs. The Red Devils come into the week projected to finish 17th in the Region 12 playoff standings. The Aviators are projected to finish 22nd in Region 12. Tippecanoe comes in as a 6-point favorite as each team fights to close out the regular season strong. With two teams coming in expecting the win, we won't know for sure who's the better team until they take the field on Friday. Having matched up in 2018, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. Last season, the Red Devils beat the Aviators 20-14.
Tippecanoe comes into the game on a 2-game losing streak, which they hope to put to an end on Friday. Their 28-14 loss against the Piqua Indians last week brings their record to 3-6. The Red Devils have struggled on offense, scoring only 8.5 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 81st in Division 3, scoring an average of 18.7 points per game over the course of the season. On defense, they rank 63rd in the division, giving up 24.9 points per game.
For Butler, this week is a chance to flip the momentum after 5 consecutive losses. Last week was a 17-13 loss against the Greenville Green Wave and they'll look to rebound strong on Friday. The Aviators have struggled on offense, scoring only 6.5 points per game over their last 4 games. On the year, they rank 86th in Division 3, scoring an average of 16.8 points per game over the course of the season. Defensively, they'll look to show more signs of improvement after giving up 19 points on average in their last 2 games, improved from a On defense, they'll also be looking for improvement, which they have shown signs of in recent weeks. Over their last 2 games, they've allowed an average of 19 points, an improvement over their 61st-ranked 24.6 points allowed per game on the year.
Prediction: Tippecanoe to win (58.44% chance of victory)