Playoffs begin this week up north and everyone else is in mid-season form. With so many games to choose from, we broke them down one by one in order to let you know that you need to...
#11 Eau Claire Crush @ #6 Chippewa Valley Predators (NEFL). Saturday, 6PM. Carson Park, Eau Claire, WI.
The Crush travel this week to play the Chippewa Valley Predators in round one of the NEFL's American Conference playoffs. Of course, we say "travel" in jest, as both teams hail from Eau Claire and both claim Carson Park as home. However, these two cross-town rivals always play each other tough and draw extremely well. CV won both regular season tussles, including last weekend's season ender, but Eau Claire has been on the rise of late, and the final margin last week was only 2. This one will determine who will travel to Appleton to battle for a spot in the Elite Bowl, so both will be hungry.
Prediction: Chippewa Valley 31 - Eau Claire 20
#8 Waukesha County Junkyard Dogs @ #13 Wauwatosa Spartans (IFL). Saturday, 3PM. Hart Park, Wauwatosa, WI.
These two teams are battling for playoff positioning the the IFL's American Conference, and Wauwatosa could use a boost. The Spartans have dropped two this season already, while the Dogs sit with just one loss. There have been whispers in the chat rooms that 'Tosa is on the down side of a slide this season, but with one of the most athletic teams in the league, it's tough to count them out of any fight. The Junkyard Dogs need to distance themselves from the rest of the conference if they want to secure a #1 seed. Both teams show up in big games, so this could be the most competitive game in the state this weekend.
Prediction: Junkyard Dogs 20 - Spartans 17
#14 Racine Threat @ #15 Lake Geneva Generals (MSFL). Saturday, 7PM. Williams Bay High School, Williams Bay, WI.
The first in-state test for the upstart Generals. While the team is new, the roster is composes of players with veteran semi-pro experience, and headed up by a staff with many semi-pro accolades. The Generals have started off 2-0 and looked good in doing so, but face a stiff test against divisional opponent Racine, who were MSFL champs in 2009 and have always played strong into the playoffs. The Generals will have their hands full with the Threat's ground attack, while the Threat will have to stop a Lake Geneva team they know little about. Good chance for both teams to fire shots across the rest of the league's bows.
Prediction: Racine Threat 42 - Generals 28
Other games of interest:
#18 Greendale Panthers @ #20 Shorewood Monarchs (IFL). Both teams need wins to stay relevant in playoff predictions.
#16 Beloit Titans @ #12 Rock County Gladiators (GMFL). Beloit needs a win to keep playoff hopes alive, RC looks to extend 4 game streak to 5.
#4 Racine Raiders @ Detroit Ravens (EMCFL). Having started 5-0, Racine will need all the travel help they can get as they head to Detroit to take on the Ravens.