College Football Preview: Navy vs. SMU

Navy-SMU Preview

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

Team Schedules/Results

Navy

Date Opp. Result
09/07/20 Brigham Young L 3-55
09/19/20 @ Tulane W 27-24
10/03/20 @ Air Force L 7-40
10/10/20 Temple W 31-29
10/17/20 @ East Carolina W 27-23
10/24/20 Houston L 37-21
10/31/20 @ SMU
11/07/20 Tulsa
11/14/20 Memphis
11/21/20 @ USF
12/12/20 Army (Philadelphia)

SMU

Date Opp. Result
09/05/20 @ Texas St. W 31-24
09/19/20 @ North Texas W 65-35
09/26/20 Stephen F. Austin W 50-7
10/03/20 Memphis W 30-27
10/16/20 @ Tulane W 37-34
10/24/20 Cincinnati L 13-42
10/31/20 Navy L 21-37
11/05/20 @ Temple
11/14/20 @ Tulsa
11/21/20 Houston
11/28/20 @ East Carolina

ESPN FPI

Navy: 99

SMU: 67

Key Stats

Stat (per game) Navy SMU
Points 19.3 37.7
Points Allowed 34.7 28.2
Total YDS 288.2 517.7
Pass YDS 101.8 335.2
Rush YDS 186.3 182.5
Total YDS Allowed 427.0 412.7
Rush YDS Allowed 242.5 194.2
Pass YDS Allowed 184.5 218.5
3rd Down Conv. 38.5 49.5
3rd Down Conv. DEF 38.6 44.6
Turnover Margin 0.00 0.83

Players to Watch

Navy

 
RB Myles Fells, QB Perry Olsen, RB Jamale Carothers, WR Mark Walker, LB Diego Fagot, DB Evan Fochtman, K Bijan Nichols.

SMU

QB Shane Buechele, RB Ulysses Bentley IV, WR Rashee Rice, OL Beau Morris, DL Elijah Chatman, LB Delano Robinson, DB Brandon Stephens.

Injuries

Navy

Dalen Morris QB Ques Sat – Concussion
Evan Fochtman S Ques Sat – Undisclosed
Tommy Lawley LB Ques Sat – Undisclosed

SMU

Brandon Crossley CB Out For Season – Eligibility
Tj Mcdaniel RB Out For Season – Leg
Reggie Roberson Jr. WR Out For Season – Knee

Source: boydsbets.com

Comments

SMU looks like a lighter version of Houston. They like to pass, actually more than Houston, which is not good for Navy. Their quarterback, Shane Buechele, has already passed for nearly 2,000 yards in six games. The reason Houston is a better overall team than SMU is that they have a much stronger defense. The Mustangs did lose their best receiver a couple weeks ago to injury but I don’t think it’ll be enough to swing the game to the Mids. Navy loses but not as bad as last week.

AcademyWars.com Prediction

SMU 38, Navy 27

Saturday’s game kicks off at 7:30 PM ET. Watch on the ESPN2 Network.

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