College Football First Look: Army vs. Navy

Army-Navy

Navy meets Army on Saturday in Philadelphia. Here is a first look at the Black Knights-Mids matchup.

Navy Season so far

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Sept. 1 at Hawaii L 59-41
Sept. 8 Memphis W 22-21
Sept. 15 Lehigh W 51-21
Sept. 22 at SMU L 31-30 (OT)
Oct. 6 at Air Force L 35-7
Oct. 13 Temple L 24-17
Oct. 20 Houston L 49-36
Oct. 27 Notre Dame [San Diego] L 44-22
Nov. 3 at Cincinnati L 42-0
Nov. 10 at UCF L 35-24
Nov. 17 Tulsa W 37-29
Nov. 24 at Tulane L 29-28

Army Season so far

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Aug. 31 at Duke L 34-14
Sept. 8 Liberty W 38-14
Sept. 15 Hawaii W 28-21
Sept. 22 at Oklahoma L 28-21 (OT)
Sept. 29 at Buffalo W 42-13
Oct. 13 at San José State [Santa Clara] W 52-3
Oct. 20 Miami (Ohio) W 31-30 (OT)
Oct. 27 at Eastern Michigan W 37-22
Nov. 3 Air Force W 17-14
Nov. 10 Lafayette W 31-13
Nov. 17 Colgate W 28-14

Stat Comparison

NAVY OFFENSE STAT ARMY DEFENSE
26.2 Points/Game 18.7
222 First Downs 170
288.5 Rushing Yards/Game 106.5
5.0 Yards/Rushing Atempt 4.2
36 Rushing Touchdowns 10
72.2 Passing Yards/Game 194.8
7.7 Yards/Pass 7.7
17.7 Yards/Completon 12.8
3 Interceptons 3
5 Passing Touchdowns 16
360.7 Total Ofense/Game 301.3
5.4 Total Ofense/Play 5.9
34:01 Time of Possession/Game 20:45
67-171 (39%)3rd-Down Conversions 28-103 (27%)
20-33 (61%) 4th-Down Conversions 11-24 (46%)
0.8 Sacks/Game 1.3
35-36 (97%) Red-Zone Scores 20-25 (80%)
28-36 (78%) Red-Zone Touchdowns 17-25 (68%)

Source: U.S. Military Academy
ARMY OFFENSE STAT NAVY DEFENSE
30.8 Points/Game 34.9
245 First Downs 258
303.0 Rushing Yards/Game 189.0
4.7 Yards/Rushing Atempt 5.2
37 Rushing Touchdowns 31
81.4 Passing Yards/Game 249.3
10.5 Yards/Pass 8.5
20.3 Yards/Completon 12.4
3 Interceptons 9
6 Passing Touchdowns 24
384.4 Total Ofense/Game 438.3
5.3 Total Ofense/Play 6.6
39:15 Time of Possession/Game 25:59
100-175(56%) 3rd-Down Conversions 69-145 (48%)
30-33(91%) 4th-Down Conversions 20-26 (77%)
0.2 Sacks/Game 1.8
40-45 (89%) Red-Zone Scores 39-48 (81%)
32-45 (71%) Red-Zone Touchdowns 35-48 (73%)

Source: U.S. Military Academy

Navy Injuries and Suspensions

DATE POSITION NAME ISSUE STATUS
10/01/18 LB Travis Kerchner Knee is out for season

Army Injuries and Suspensions

DATE POSITION NAME ISSUE STATUS
12/02/18 RB Kell Walker Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs Navy
10/17/18 RB Fred Cooper Jr. Suspension is out indefinitely

Source: DonBest.com

Challenges for Navy

The tables have been turned on Navy the past couple seasons. The bad luck and horrendous football that haunted the Black and Gold of Army is now wearing Navy and Gold and residing in Annapolis. The Mids’ mission is to keep this rough stretch as short as possible. Army endured it for over a decade. Navy can end it on Saturday afternoon if they pull things together and play something called team ball.

Challenges for Army

Army is finally going to run into a team, other than Air Force, that knows how to defend the option well. Navy runs the same stuff as the Cadets so they know how to stop it. The Mids have suffered through a wretched season and would like nothing more than to knock off the Black and finish the season on a high note.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3 pm CT and can be seen on CBS.

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