On Friday, the Turpin Spartans are looking forward to a game which they should theoretically control. As a projected 36-18 winner, the pressure is on them to come out swinging against the Troy Trojans, a team that's not expected to simply roll over. Friday's matchup will feature two of the state's top 100 teams. The Trojans come into the game ranked 96th in the state while the Spartans come in ranked 75th. The Spartans will look to get the crowd involved in a home game they're expected to win. On the other hand, the Trojans hope to silence the crowd and come away with the road upset. There is a certain degree of familiarity between the two teams after they faced off last season. In 2018, the Trojans defeated the Spartans by a score of 29-7.
Coming off of a 35-14 win against the Butler Aviators, the Trojans are projected as their region's 8th-ranked team in the playoff standings. They come into Friday with a 2-0 record and are projected to finish the regular season with a record of 7-3. So far this season, they've been lacking statistically on both sides of the ball. In Division 2, they rank 32nd on offense, scoring an average of 31.5 points per game - on defense, they rank 50th, giving up an average of 20.5.
Turpin has a great chance at the postseason this year after they failed to make it a year ago. They come into the week 2-0 after last week's 41-7 win against the Northwest Knights and are projected to finish the season ranked 4th in the region in terms of playoff points. The Spartans are one of the best teams in Division 2 on both sides of the ball. Their offense, ranked 12th in the division, scores 38 points per game. The Spartans defense ranks 25th, giving up 14.
Prediction: Turpin to win (84.16% chance of victory)