Army-Navy Game Preview/Prediction

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The Army-Navy game is just a week away for both teams suiting up in Baltimore, Maryland. The time of the game is 3:00 PM EST next Saturday, December 10th, 2016.

 

Army-Navy game history

This historic Armed Forces rivalry began in 1890, when the Midshipmen defeated the Black Knights by a score of 24-0. Army and Navy have played each other 118 times, and Navy leads the series 60-49-7. Navy is on a 14-game winning streak against Army, which is the longest streak in the Army-Navy series history. The largest defeat was in the year 1973, when Navy defeated Army 51-0. The start of Navy’s 14-game winning streak was a 58-12 win over Army in 2002. Army’s last win was in 2001 by a score of 26-17, and they are looking to snap the streak this year.

 

 

Army Black Knights Season

Army started of the season with 3 wins. They beat the Temple Owls, the Rice Owls, and the Texas-El Paso Miners. The next two games ended up being losses to the Buffalo Bulls and the Duke Blue Devils. In those first 5 games, Army put up 151 points and allowed 77 points. With a 3-2 record, Army went to take on the Lafayette Leopards and defeated them by a score of 62-7. Army then lost to the North Texas Mean Green and went on to defeat a tough ACC squad in the Wake Forest Demon Deacons by a score of 21-13. The next 2 weeks were not easy for Army either, as they lost to their rivals the Air Force Falcons by a score of 31-12 and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish by a score of 44-6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Army had returned back to West Point for the seniors last game in Michie Stadium against the Morgan State Bears, which was the second and final FCS team Army played this season. Army had no problem with Morgan State, as the Black Knights went on to win by a score of 60-3. With that win, Army is 6-5 and has a chance at getting into a bowl game. Army scored a total of 330 points this season, and the highest in a single game for them was 66 against Texas-El Paso. The least amount of points Army scored was 6 points, which happened twice, against both Duke and Notre Dame. Army allowed opponents to score a total of 210 points. The highest amount of points allowed by Army was 44 against Notre Dame, and the lowest amount of points allowed was 3 against Morgan State.

Keys to the game for Army

Army is a much better running team than they are a passing team. Army has to get short 3rd downs rather than long 3rd downs. Quarterback Amhad Bradshaw or quarterback Chris Carter, whoever the Black Knights decide to start, has to be ready. The defense has to play like they did in the first 6 games. In only 1 game did they allow more than 20 points (allowed 23 to Buffalo). They can’t allow 44 points like they did against Notre Dame or 35 points like they did against North Texas and expect to win this game. If they can limit the points and have the running game working, Army should be in great shape to win.

 

 

Navy Midshipmen

Navy opened up the new season against an FCS opponent in the Fordham Rams. Navy got the win by a score of 52-16 and went on to defeat the Connecticut Huskies and the Tulane Green Wave to start off the season with a 3-0 record. Heading into their week 4 bye week, Navy had put up 101 points and allowed 54 points. After the bye, Navy traveled to Colorado Springs to take on their rivals the Air Force Falcons. They lost their first game of the year by a score of 28-14 in that game. After that loss, Navy wanted to get a win against a tough American Athletic Conference opponent in Houston against the Cougars. They pulled off an upset win by a score of 46-40. Navy was then supposed to play East Carolina, but the game got postponed to a later week. The Midshipmen then defeated the Memphis Tigers before losing to the South Florida Bulls in a high-scoring 52-45 thriller. Navy, with a 5-2 record, won out the rest of the regular season. They defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Jacksonville, Florida, in a close 28-27 game. They also defeated the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, the East Carolina Pirates, and the Southern Methodist Mustangs. Navy earned a spot in the American Athletic Conference Championship game against the Temple Owls, which was played this past Saturday. Navy looked to earn their first conference championship, but failed to do so after a 34-10 loss. Navy will head into the Army-Navy game with a 9-3 record as a likely unranked team. Navy put up a total of 469 points and allowed 365 points. The highest amount of points Navy scored in a single game was against Southern Methodist, when they scored 75 points. The lowest amount of points Navy scored in a single game was against Temple, when they only scored 10 points. Southern Florida scored the most points against Navy this season with 52. Tulane only scored 14 points, which was the lowest of all of Navy’s opponents this season.

 

Keys to the game for Navy

Navy has to force Army to long 3rd downs. Army is easy to stop on 3rd and long because the Black Knights don’t have the best throwing quarterbacks. Navy does have to be careful however, but just know where the marker is. A key on the offense side of the ball is the pass game. I would test Army’s secondary, which has struggled against teams. If Navy can get the pass game going and not favor the run game all that much, Navy should be able to win their 15th straight game against Army.

I have been looking forward to this game all season long. Its one of my favorite games of the year, even though im not a fan of either Army or Navy. I think Army is going to win a close game by a score of 21-20. I just think that 15 straight losses is a little too crazy, plus Army is coming off of a blowout win against the Morgan State Bears while Navy is rattled with the American Athletic Conference championship game loss to the Temple Owls. It will be a close game, but I think Army pulls it out and ends the streak at 14.

 

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