The Wyoming Cowboys and the CHCA Eagles head into a week 3 matchup on Friday looking for what will likely be a hardfought victory. While the Cowboys come in as 11-point favorites, the Eagles will look to prove that they are the truly superior team. The game has implications regarding the strength of divisions 4 and 5 against one another as one of each division's best will take the field on Friday. The Cowboys enter the game ranked 7th in Division 4 while the Eagles enter the game ranked 14th in Division 5. The Eagles come into the game with little regard for pregame statistical breakdowns - while the Cowboys believe they are the superior team, the road team will not consider it an upset if they come away with the victory. A rematch from their game last season, this matchup will be a good gauge on how each team has improved or regressed. In 2017, the Cowboys defeated the Eagles by a score of 28 - 14.
While it's early in the season, CHCA is essentially a lock to make the postseason. Projected to finish the season 8-2 a year after reaching the Regional Semifinals. The Eagles come into the game projected as the region's 2nd best team so it's really only a matter of time before they get another chance to chase a state title. They could use some improvement on both sides of the ball - on offense, they rank 26th in Division 5 with 31 points per game; on defense, they give up 30.5 points per game, which ranks 74th.
Wyoming, after a playoff appearance last season, is poised to make another run in 2018. They enter the game projected to finish the season 8-2, which should be good for 2nd in the regional playoff standings. On defense, the strength of the team thus far, they rank 19th in Division 4, allowing an average of 13 points per game. Offensively, their average of 28 ranks 42nd in their division.
Prediction: Wyoming to win (86.05% chance of victory)