Friday's matchup between the Buchtel Griffins and the East Dragons takes place between two teams that most likely will not make the playoffs. The Griffins come into the week projected to finish 16th in the Region 9 playoff standings. The Dragons are projected to finish 15th in Region 9. Buchtel comes in as a 3-point favorite as each team fights to close out the regular season strong. The Dragons come into the game ranked 25th in Division 3 while the Griffins comes in ranked 42nd in Division 3. In this evenly-matched a game, there is no way to tell who will come out on top. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Buchtel will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 5 of the last 5 matchups. In last year's installment, the Griffins came out on top by a score of 28-12.
After their 40-7 win against the Ellet Orangemen last week, Buchtel is 5-4 and looks to finish the season strong. The Griffins have struggled on offense, scoring only 25 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 35th in Division 3, scoring an average of 29.8 points per game over the course of the season. They rank similarly on defense, coming in at 41st in their division, allowing 20.1 points per game. That number has generally gone up in recent weeks as they've given up an average of 14.57 points in their last 7 games.
East is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 6-game winning streak, including last week's 48-0 win against the Akron North Vikings. That brings their record to 6-3 as they look to add another notch to the win column. The Dragons offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 54 points per game over their last 4 games, up from their season average of 32.8, which ranks 26th in Division 3. Their defense hasn't been much better throughout the course of the season, ranking 11th with an average of 10.8 points allowed per game. In recent weeks, they have improved, giving up an average of 0 points over their last 2 games.
Prediction: Buchtel to win (93.06% chance of victory)