One of the most competitive matchups of week 4 pits the McClain Tigers against the East Clinton Astros. The Tigers are projected to win by a score of 27-25 in what is essentially a toss-up game. In one that could easily go either way, they'll each take the field with something to prove. 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 Astros have won 3, a trend they hope to continue. In the most recent season's matchup, the Tigers proved superior, winning 28-3.
East Clinton, projected to finish the season at 3-7, will get a chance to show improvement on Friday. Still relatively early in the season, there are plenty of opportunities remaining to put wins together. So far this season, they've been lacking statistically on both sides of the ball. In Division 5, they rank 85th on offense, scoring an average of 14.7 points per game - on defense, they rank 79th, giving up an average of 29.
Last season, McClain was left out of the postseason and is in danger of being left out yet again as their 4-6 projected record puts them at 14th in the regional playoff standings. After a 51-50 win against the Zane Trace Pioneers last week, they are 1-2 and hope to increase their playoff chances with a win. The Tigers have struggled thus far on each side of the ball. Scoring 24 points per game, they rank 49th in Division 4. Defensively, giving up 42 points per game, ranks 100th in the division.
Prediction: McClain to win (78.18% chance of victory)