College Football Preview: Army vs. West Virginia

Army-West Virginia Preview

On Thursday Army faces West Virginia in Memphis at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. AcademyWars.com previews this college football game and predicts the final score.

Team Schedules/Results

Army

Date Opp. Result
09/05/20 Middle Tenn. St. W 42-0
09/12/20 La.-Monroe W 37-7
09/26/20 @ Cincinnati L 10-24
10/03/20 Abilene Christian W 55-23
10/10/20 Citadel W 14-9
10/17/20 @ UTSA W 28-16
10/24/20 Mercer W 49-3
11/14/20 @ Tulane L 12-38
11/21/20 Ga. Southern W 28-27
12/12/20 Navy W 15-0
12/19/20 Air Force W 10-7
12/31/20 + West Virginia

West Virginia

Date Opp. Result
09/12/20 Eastern Ky. W 56-10
09/26/20 @ Oklahoma St. L 13-27
10/03/20 Baylor W 27-21
10/17/20 Kansas W 38-17
10/24/20 @ Texas Tech L 27-34
10/31/20 Kansas St. W 37-10
11/07/20 @ Texas L 13-17
11/14/20 TCU W 24-6
12/05/20 @ Iowa St. L 6-42
12/31/20 + Army

+ at Memphis, Tennessee Liberty Bowl

ESPN FPI

Army 79

West Virginia 31

Key Stats

Stat (per game) Army West Virginia
Points 27.3 26.8
Points Allowed 14.0 20.4
Total YDS 324.9 422.7
Pass YDS 43.6 277.2
Rush YDS 281.2 145.4
Total YDS Allowed 271.1 297.2
Rush YDS Allowed 121.1 126.2
Pass YDS Allowed 149.9 171.0
3rd Down Conv. 45.8 40.6
3rd Down Conv. DEF 35.3 39.3
Turnover Margin 0.45 0.33

Players to Watch

Army

 
QB Tyhier Tyler, SB Artice Hobbs, WR Isaiah Alston, OL Peyton Reeder, DB Javhari Bourdeau, LB Jon Rhattigan.

West Virginia

QB Jarret Doege, RB Leddie Brown, WR Winston Wright Jr, OL Mike Brown, DL Darius Stills, LB Tony Fields II, DB Alonzo Addae.

Injuries

Army

[WR] 12/22/2020 – Isaiah Alston is “?” Thursday vs West Virginia (Undisclosed)
[QB] 12/22/2020 – Jemel Jones is “?” Thursday vs West Virginia (Leg)
[QB] 12/22/2020 – Tyhier Tyler is “?” Thursday vs West Virginia (Concussion)

West Virginia

[S] 09/04/2020 – Kerry Martin Jr. is out for season (Personal)
[K] 11/01/2020 – Evan Staley is out for season (Knee)
[S] 10/01/2020 – Scottie Young is out for season (Eligibility)
[WR] 10/13/2020 – Zack Dobson is out indefinitely (Conditioning)
[S] 10/22/2020 – Tae Mayo left the team (Transferred)
[DE] 12/13/2020 – Darius Stills left the team (Personal)
[S] 12/20/2020 – Noah Guzman is “?” Thursday vs Tennessee U (Undisclosed)
[TE] 12/20/2020 – T.J. Banks is “?” Thursday vs Tennessee U (Undisclosed)

Source: statfox.com

Comments

These two teams are probably about even. They both have very solid defenses and not so great offenses. Army may be a little more experienced. The triple-option will be a tough nut for the Mountaineers to crack. WVU will also be a little flat playing Army, kind of like Houston was a few years ago in Fort Worth. I think Army wins by a score or two.

Prediction

Army 20, West Virginia 13

Thursday’s game kicks off at 4:00 PM ET. You can watch this football game on the ESPN Network.

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