This week, the Taylor Yellow Jackets will face a tough task as they head into Friday as 14-point underdogs against the Wyoming Cowboys. While it does look to be at least a moderately competitive matchup, the Yellow Jackets will need to prove they can elevate their play and find a way to win. The better team on paper, the Cowboys come into the game ranked 79th in the state and 7th in Division 4. The Yellow Jackets come in ranked 309th in the state and 40th in Division 4. As a relatively sizeable home underdog, the Yellow Jackets come into the game with a lot to prove. For the Cowboys, the only thing to prove is that an advantage on paper can translate into an advantage on their opponent's home field. The teams are no strangers to one another, playing against each other in each of the last five years. Over their last 5 matchups, the Cowboys have been superior, coming out on top in 6 of them. However, the past won't matter come kickoff. In 2017's matchup, the Cowboys came away with a 69 - 0 victory.
Still early in the season, Wyoming comes into the week with a 0.01% chance of making the playoffs, where they'll look to expand upon last season's run, which ended in the Regional Finals with a loss to the Clinton-Massie Falcons by a score of 28 - 7. Projected to finish out the season at 10-0, they can expect to get another shot at chasing a state title in 2018. On defense, the strength of the team, they rank 17th in Division 4, giving up 12 points per game. Offensively, scoring 29.7 points per game, they rank 34th.
Last season, Taylor was left out of the postseason and is in danger of being left out yet again as their 6-4 projected record puts them at 9th in the regional playoff standings. After a 32 - 0 win against the Norwood Indians last week, they are 1-2 and hope to increase their playoff chances with a win. The Yellow Jackets aren't particularly dominant on either side of the ball. On offense, they rank 66th in Division 4 with 20 points per game. Their defense, which gives up 23 points per game, ranks 55th in their division.
Prediction: Wyoming to win (91.58% chance of victory)