Friday's matchup between the Brush Arcs and the Madison Blue Streaks takes place between two teams that most likely will not make the playoffs. The Arcs come into the week projected to finish 26th in the Region 5 playoff standings. The Blue Streaks are projected to finish 18th in Region 5. Madison comes in as a 21-point favorite as each team fights to close out the regular season strong. The Blue Streaks come into the week expecting the home victory, which is the most probable outcome. However, the upset-minded Arcs will come in looking to prove preconceived notions wrong. Having matched up in 2018, there is a degree of familiarity between the two. Last season, the Blue Streaks beat the Arcs 35-6.
Brush has dropped each of their most recent 9 games and will look to reverse the negative momentum on Friday. They are currently 0-9 and come off of a 47-14 loss against the South Rebels. While the Arcs offense has not been particularly great, ranked 101st in Division 2 with 11.1 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 17.5 points over their last 2 contests. Defensively, giving up 39.7 points per game, they rank 99th in the division.
For Madison, this week is a chance to flip the momentum after 2 consecutive losses. Last week was a 10-3 loss against the Chardon Hilltoppers and they'll look to rebound strong on Friday. The Blue Streaks have struggled on offense, scoring only 8.5 points per game over their last 2 games. On the year, they rank 48th in Division 2, scoring an average of 24.8 points per game over the course of the season. Their defense, while not a top defense in Division 2, has shown signs of improvement. They currently rank 66th in the division with 26.8 points allowed per game, but have allowed an improved average of 18 points over their last 2 games.
Prediction: Madison to win (98.50% chance of victory)