Week 8 brings about a big game for both the Arcadia Redskins and the Arlington Red Devils as it could ultimately decide the postseason fate of either one. The Red Devils can currently expect to finish the season 7th at 8-2. For the Redskins, postseason chances aren't quite as high as they are projected to finish 25th in Region 26. The Red Devils are the favorites on Friday, projected to win the game by a score of 50 - 0. The Red Devils come into the game ranked 18th in Division 7 while the Redskins comes in ranked 101st in Division 7. While the Red Devils look forward to a potentially dominant home victory, the Redskins come in looking for the huge upset. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Stylistically and schematically, past matchups are often used as a guiding tool. This week, however, each team will likely take time to adjust to an unfamiliar opponent, which should make for some added excitement.
Arcadia has dropped each of their most recent 4 games and will look to reverse the negative momentum on Friday. They are currently 1-6 and come off of a 62 - 13 loss against the Leipsic Vikings. The Redskins have struggled on offense, scoring only 6.25 points per game over their last 4 games. On the year, they rank 80th in Division 7, scoring an average of 14.6 points per game over the course of the season. Defensively, giving up 49.6 points per game, they rank 103rd in the division.
Looking to rebound from a 24 - 13 loss against the Liberty-Benton Eagles last week, Arlington will try to establish momentum early and sustain it throughout. Particularly in recent weeks, the Red Devils offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 3 games, they've put up an average of 16.33 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 28.1, which ranks 37th in Division 7. On defense, they haven't been any better statistically, ranking 16th in their division, allowing 15.4 points per game.
Prediction: Arlington to win (99.84% chance of victory)