Week 10 brings about a big game for both the Rittman Indians and the Dalton Bulldogs as it could ultimately decide the postseason fate of either one. The Bulldogs can currently expect to finish the season 6th at 9-1. For the Indians, postseason chances aren't quite as high as they are projected to finish 22nd in Region 21. The Bulldogs are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 38-18. The Bulldogs come into the game ranked 21st in Division 6 while the Indians comes in ranked 83rd in Division 6. The Bulldogs come into the week expecting the home victory, which is the most probable outcome. However, the upset-minded Indians will come in looking to prove preconceived notions wrong. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Dalton will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 4 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Bulldogs came out on top by a score of 12-6.
Rittman has dropped each of their most recent 5 games and will look to reverse the negative momentum on Friday. They are currently 3-6 and come off of a 28-27 loss against the Chippewa Chipps. The Indians offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 5 games, they've scored an average of 15.4 points - this season they've averaged 21.3, which ranks 74th in Division 6. Defensively, giving up 24.9 points per game, they rank 56th in the division.
Dalton is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 6-game winning streak, including last week's 44-10 win against the Northwestern Huskies. That brings their record to 8-1 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Bulldogs offense is the 13th-ranked offense in Division 6, scoring an average of 40.8 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 3 games, however, they haven't been quite as explosive as they've averaged 37 points per game. Their defense allows an average of 24.1 points per game, which ranks 52nd in their division.
Prediction: Dalton to win (99.86% chance of victory)