Week 10 is a chance for the Bloom-Carroll Bulldogs to expand their already-solid playoff chances. They come into Friday projected to finish 7th in Region 15. They host the Teays Valley Vikings, currently projected to finish 13th in Region 8. Bloom-Carroll has the edge on paper, entering the game as a 2-point favorite. However, the battle for a postseason bid can only be decided on the field. Bloom-Carroll ranks 14th in Division 4 as opposed to Teays Valley, who rank 40th in Division 2. With no definitive indication over who is truly the better team, each side will have to make its case on the field come Friday. 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 Vikings have won 4, a trend they hope to continue. In 2018's matchup, the Vikings came away with a 35-10 victory.
Looking to build upon their 3-game winning streak, Teays Valley comes into the week at 7-2. After their 28-21 win against the Amanda-Clearcreek Aces, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. While the Vikings haven't been the most high-powered offense throughout the season, they have been improving week to week. In the last 2 weeks, they've averaged 42.5, up from their season average of 28.8, which ranks 35th in Division 2. While the defense hasn't been much better, they have improved lately - while they average 14.3 points allowed per game, which ranks 15th in their division, they've taken that average down to 7 points over the last 3 weeks.
Bloom-Carroll is no stranger to winning recently as they come off of a 3-game winning streak, including last week's 41-20 win against the Logan Elm Braves. That brings their record to 7-2 as they look to add another notch to the win column. Scoring an average of 32.8 points per game on offense, the Bulldogs rank 25th in Division 4. They've been even more dominant in recent weeks, scoring an average of 45 over their last 2 games. On defense, their last few weeks haven't even done justice to how good they've been all season. They've given up 17.57 points per game over their last 7, down from their average of 14.4, which ranks 13th in their division on the season.
Prediction: Bloom-Carroll to win (91.47% chance of victory)