As the playoff picture begins to take shape for the Badin Rams and the McNicholas Rockets, they come up on an important matchup against one another in week 10. The Rams 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 6th in the Region 12 playoff standings. For the Rockets, chances aren't looking quite as good as they're projected to finish 11th in Region 16. The Rams will come in as the favorites, projected to win the game 23-19. Badin comes in expecting to come away with the road victory. However, it looks to be one of the more hotly contested matchups of the week and McNicholas will be looking to defend their home field and finish the game on top. The teams have played each other in each of the last five years so neither is likely to surprise the other. Over their last 5 matchups, the Rockets have won 4, a trend they hope to continue. In 2018's matchup, the Rams came away with a 48-6 victory.
Badin comes into the game on a 2-game winning streak. After last week's 45-14 win against the Carroll Patriots, they are 6-3 and look to continue the positive momentum. While the Rams offense has not been particularly great, ranked 43rd in Division 3 with 28.8 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 39.5 points over their last 2 contests. On defense, they're not much better statistically. They rank 12th in their division, allowing 11.4 points per game. However, they have improved as the season's gone on, giving up an average of 8.43 points over their last 7.
McNicholas comes into Friday looking to put a halt to their 5-game losing streak and build some momentum moving forward. Last week's loss came at the hands of the Archbishop Alter Knights, who beat the Rockets by a score of 56-7. The Rockets offense hasn't been particularly great this season in terms of point production, a trend which continues into recent weeks. Over their last 3 games, they've scored an average of 4.67 points - this season they've averaged 13.2, which ranks 87th in Division 4. On defense, they rank 50th in the division, giving up 22.2 points per game.
Prediction: Badin to win (97.87% chance of victory)