As the playoff picture begins to take shape for the Norwayne Bobcats and the Chippewa Chipps, they come up on an important matchup against one another in week 10. The Bobcats are confident that how they finish the season will be enough to bring them to the playoffs - they come into the game projected to finish 8th in the Region 22 playoff standings. For the Chipps, chances aren't looking quite as good as they're projected to finish 24th in Region 18. The Bobcats will come in as the favorites, projected to win the game 25-19. The Bobcats rank 11th in Division 6 while the Chipps rank 55th in Division 5. Fans on both sides head into Friday expecting the win but only one of the two can come out on top. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Norwayne will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 4 of the last 5 matchups. In 2018's matchup, the Bobcats came away with a 42-20 victory.
Looking to build upon their 2-game winning streak, Norwayne comes into the week at 4-5. After their 47-15 win against the Waynedale Golden Bears, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. While the Bobcats offense has not been particularly great, ranked 52nd in Division 6 with 25.1 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 44.5 points over their last 2 contests. On defense, they'll also be looking for improvement, which they have shown signs of in recent weeks. Over their last 5 games, they've allowed an average of 14.4 points, an improvement over their 41st-ranked season average of 21.7.
After a 28-27 win against the Rittman Indians brought their record to 2-7, Chippewa will be looking to carry that momentum over and earn another victory. The Chipps offense will look to continue to improve as they've scored an average of 21 points per game over their last 2 games, up from their season average of 15.4, which ranks 93rd in Division 5. On defense, they rank 87th in the division, giving up 33.1 points per game.
Prediction: Norwayne to win (96.28% chance of victory)