Friday's matchup between the Rogers Rams and the Woodward Polar Bears takes place between two teams that, as of now, most likely will not earn postseason bids. Currently, the Rams and the Polar Bears are projected to finish 12th and 21st in their respective regional playoff standings. Rogers enters the week as a 3-point favorite and will look to expand their playoff chances with a victory on Friday. In this evenly-matched a game, there is no way to tell who will come out 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 Polar Bears have won 5, a trend they hope to continue. In the most recent season's matchup, the Polar Bears proved superior, winning 44-14.
Rogers is currently on a 2-game winning streak, which they hope to continue on Friday. Coming off of a 21-14 win against the Bowsher Rebels, they are 5-2 and their confidence continues to build as they finish up the year. Particularly in recent weeks, the Rams offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their last 5 games, they've put up an average of 8.8 points per game. Throughout the course of the season, they've averaged 11.9, which ranks 99th in Division 3. The defense hasn't been much better statistically, giving up an average of 14.6 points per game, which ranks 18th in their division.
For Woodward, Friday is a chance to expand on a 2-game winning streak after their 27-0 win against the Waite Indians brought their record to 2-5. While the Polar Bears offense has not been particularly great, ranked 95th in Division 3 with 13.6 points per game, they have improved in recent weeks, averaging 24.5 points over their last 2 contests. Their defense, while not a top defense in Division 3, has shown signs of improvement. They currently rank 87th in the division with 29.6 points allowed per game, but have allowed an improved average of 0 points over their last 2 games.
Prediction: Rogers to win (69.65% chance of victory)