The Northwestern Huskies kick off the 2019 season as 5-point favorites over the Ridgewood Generals. Northwestern coming into Friday with a 76.04% chance of victory, this looks to be one of the harder fought matchups of week 1. The Generals rank 17th in Division 5 while the Huskies rank 48th in Division 5. Statistics and rankings aside, this one's completely up in the air and will likely go to whichever team plays at its highest level. Having matched up in 2018, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. In 2018, the Generals defeated the Huskies by a score of 43-28.
After reaching the Regional Semifinals in 2018, where they lost to the Meadowbrook Colts by a score of 50-25, the Generals are looking to expand on last season's success. After finishing 10-2 last year, they come into the season projected to finish 8th in the region and enter the playoffs with a 7-3 record. They were one of the top offenses in their division last season, scoring a 24th-ranked 33.8 points per game. On defense, they gave up a 29th-ranked 19.3 points per game.
Northwestern looks to improve after a 3-7 season in 2018. They come into the season with a projected record of 6-4 and are expected to finish the regular season as the 11th ranked team in the regional playoff standings. Last year wasn't a particularly strong year on either side of the ball for them - scoring an average of 22.9 points per game on offense, they ranked 83rd in their division, and gave up 31.3 points per game, ranking 83rd on defense.
Prediction: Northwestern to win (76.04% chance of victory)