Friday's matchup between the Cardinal Huskies and the Wickliffe Blue Devils takes place between two teams that, as of now, most likely will not earn postseason bids. Currently, the Huskies and the Blue Devils are projected to finish 17th and 19th in their respective regional playoff standings. Wickliffe enters the week as a 15-point favorite and will look to expand their playoff chances with a victory on Friday. The Blue Devils, the better team on paper, will look to prove their superiority on the field come Friday. A rematch from their game last season, this matchup will be a good gauge on how each team has improved or regressed. Last season, the Blue Devils beat the Huskies 34-14.
Looking to build upon their 2-game winning streak, Cardinal comes into the week at 4-5. After their 60-20 win against the Brooklyn Hurricanes, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. While the Huskies haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 2 weeks, they've averaged 57, up from their season average of 27.8, which ranks 42nd in Division 6. They aren't a top defense in terms of points allowed either, but they have given up less points in recent weeks. While they rank 94th in their division on the season with 36.3 points allowed per game, they've given up an improved average of 13.5 points over their last 2 games.
For Wickliffe, Friday is a chance to expand on a 2-game winning streak after their 35-0 win against the Grand Valley Mustangs brought their record to 5-4. The Blue Devils offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 40.5 points per game over their last 2 games, up from their season average of 28.6, which ranks 48th in Division 5. On defense, they're not much better statistically. They rank 25th in their division, allowing 17.6 points per game. However, they have improved as the season's gone on, giving up an average of 7 points over their last 2.
Prediction: Wickliffe to win (99.28% chance of victory)