College Football Preview: Navy vs. SMU

SMU and Navy logos

Navy meets SMU on Saturday in Annapolis. AcademyWars.com previews the game and predicts the final score of this contest.

Team Schedules/Results

Navy

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 Holy Cross W 45-7
09/14/19 East Caro. W 42-10
09/26/19 @ Memphis L 23-35
10/05/19 Air Force W 34-25
10/12/19 @ Tulsa W 45-17
10/19/19 South Fla. W 35-3
10/26/19 Tulane W 41-38
11/01/19 @ Connecticut W 56-10
11/16/19 @ Notre Dame L 20-52
11/23/19 Southern Methodist
11/30/19 @ Houston
12/14/19 vs. Army

SMU

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 @ Arkansas St. W 37-30
09/07/19 North Texas W 49-27
09/14/19 Texas St. W 47-1
09/21/19 @ TCU W 41-38
09/28/19 @ South Fla. W 48-21
10/05/19 Tulsa W 43-37
10/19/19 Temple W 45-21
10/24/19 @ Houston W 34-31
11/02/19 @ Memphis L 48-54
11/09/19 East Caro. W 59-51
11/23/19 @ Navy
11/30/19 Tulane

ESPN FPI

Navy: 48

SMU: 42

Key Stats

SMU
Team Averages
Navy
45.1
Points
37.9
32.7
Points Allowed
21.9
522.2
Total YDS
446.0
328.1
Pass YDS
96.7
124.4
Rush YDS
349.3
425.9
Total YDS Allowed
321.7
301.5
Pass YDS Allowed
212.8
124.4
Rush YDS Allowed
108.9
0.50
Turnover margin
-0.33
0.443
3rd Down Conv.
0.462
0.361
3rd Down Conv. DEF
0.333

Players to Watch

Navy

QB Malcolm Perry, WR Mychal Cooper, C Ford Higgins, NG Jackson Pittman, RAID Nizaire Cromartie, P Owen White.

SMU

QB Shane Buechele, RB Xavier Jones, WR James Proche, RG Nick Dennis, DT Zach Abercrumbia, WR Patrick Nelson, S Rodney Clemons.

Injuries

Navy

Date Pos Player Injury Status
11/17/19 LB Tama Tuitele Leg is “?” Saturday vs SMU

SMU

Date Pos Player Injury Status
11/17/19 WR Myron Gailliard Undisclosed is “?” Saturday vs Navy
11/17/19 WR Reggie Roberson Jr. Lower Body is “?” Saturday vs Navy
11/04/19 WR Keke Burns Head is out indefinitely
09/28/19 LB Richard Moore Knee is out for season
09/23/19 DL Harrison Loveless Knee is out for season

Source: Donbest.com

Comments

Navy should pull this one out at home but they’ve got to do better against the pass. Last time out in South Bend the Irish lit up Navy to the tune of 305 yards passing. SMU is also a team that can throw the long ball. Navy has to do better against the pass to win this game.

AcademyWars.com Prediction

Navy 38, SMU 35

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3:30 PM ET. Watch on the CBS Sports Network.

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