On Friday, the Turpin Spartans are looking forward to a game which they should theoretically control. As a projected 32-18 winner, the pressure is on them to come out swinging against the Northwest Knights, a team that's not expected to simply roll over. The better team on paper, the Spartans come into the game ranked 90th in the state and 26th in Division 2. The Knights come in ranked 352nd in the state and 70th in Division 3. The Spartans travel to the home field of the Knights expecting a win. However, the Knights will pay little attention to pregame predictions as they look to defend their home field. Having matched up in 2018, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. Last season, the Spartans beat the Knights 28-9.
The Spartans missed out on the playoffs last season but, this year, their chances are looking good. Going into week 2, they are projected to finish 9-1 and enter the postseason as the 5th-ranked team in the regional playoff standings. After a season-opening 35-21 win against the Lakota East Thunderhawks, they'll look to make improvements on both sides of the ball as the season goes on.
Northwest looks to improve after a 3-7 season in 2018. They come into the week with a projected record of 4-6 and a projected finish of 11th in the region. After a season-opening 27-20 loss against the Taft Senators, they'll look to make improvements on both sides of the ball as the season goes on.
Prediction: Turpin to win (95.10% chance of victory)