As the end of the season draws near, playoffs are the only thing on any team's mind that still stands a reasonable chance. On Friday, two of these teams meet - the Wyoming Cowboys and the Indian Hill Braves. The Cowboys come into the game projected to enter the playoffs as Region 16's 1st best team at 10-0. The Braves come into the game projected to finish 8-2 as Region 16's 4th best team. Wyoming will enter the game as a 10-point favorite, projected to win the game 31-21. Indian Hill, the 77th-ranked team in the state, host a fellow top-100 team this week as Wyoming comes into the game ranked 19th. The Braves will go into Friday looking to prove that, contrary to statistical analysis, they are the better team. One of the more familiar matchups of week 10, both teams know what to expect. Wyoming will hope to continue the recent trend, in which they've won 5 of the last 5 matchups. Last season, the rivalry reached an elevated level as the two faced off twice. The Cowboys won the regular season matchup 31-24, but their season came to an end at the hands of the Cowboys, who won the playoff matchup 25-0.
Wyoming comes into the game on a 9-game winning streak. After last week's 49-7 win against the Mariemont Warriors, they are 9-0 and look to continue the positive momentum. The Cowboys boasts one of the most high-powered offenses in the state and has been even stronger in their most recent contests. Scoring an average of 46.9 points per game, their offense ranks 12th in the state. Over their last 3 games, they've been even more impressive, scoring an average of 57.33 points per game. On defense, they're also one of the state's best, giving up an average of 6.3 points per game, which ranks 10th in the state. Over the last 6, they've allowed an even more impressive 3.5 points per game.
Indian Hill will look to continue the momentum of their 6-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 55-21 win against the Deer Park Wildcats last week, bringing their record to 8-1. Thus far, the Braves offense has averaged 45.8 points per game offensively, which ranks 14th in the state. In recent weeks, they've been even more powerful, scoring an average of 58 points per game over the last 3 weeks. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 16.4 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 21st in their division. Over the last 4 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 13.5 points per game.
Prediction: Wyoming to win (81.13% chance of victory)