On Friday, the Northmont Thunderbolts are looking forward to a game which they should theoretically control. As a projected 33 - 19 winner, the pressure is on them to come out swinging against the Tippecanoe Red Devils, a team that's not expected to simply roll over. This week's matchup features two of the top 25 teams in their respective divisions. The Red Devils rank 25th in Division 3 while the Thunderbolts rank 24th in Division 1. The Thunderbolts will look to get the crowd involved in a home game they're expected to win. On the other hand, the Red Devils hope to silence the crowd and come away with the road upset. There is a certain degree of familiarity between the two teams after they faced off last season. Last season, the Thunderbolts beat the Red Devils 44 - 12.
After being left on the outside looking in a season ago, Tippecanoe looks poised to mount a playoff run in 2018. Coming off a 38 - 7 win against the Shawnee Braves, they are 1-1 and are projected to finish the season 4th in the regional playoff standings. The strength of the team comes on defense, where they give up 12 points per game, good for 18th in Division 3. Their offense ranks 53rd in the division with 23.5 points per game.
After last week's 24 - 21 win against the Fairmont Firebirds, Northmont is 2-0 and projected to finish 7th in the regional playoff standings. As a potential playoff bubble team, every game means that much more in the hunt for the postseason. They score an average of 40 points per game, which ranks 6th in Division 1. Defensively, they allow 17 points per game, ranking 28th in the division.
Prediction: Northmont to win (86.32% chance of victory)