The Army Black Knights did as expected on Saturday as they moved to 3-0 on the season by blasting the UConn Huskies. Next up is a Miami Ohio squad that is 1-2 on the season with defeats at the hands of Cincinnati and Minnesota. Here are the three keys to an Army win.
By Steve Wright
1 – More good decisions from Christian Anderson
Christian Anderson had such a good game against UConn that he didn’t even see the field in the second half. Anderson quickly had the Black Knights on top of the Huskies by a score of 21-0 early in the second quarter, doing damage both with his legs and his arm. Anderson had six carries for 24 yards and two scores, while also hitting both his passes for 70 yards and another touchdown. More like that from him here – especially in the air – would be ideal.
2 – Control clock
The Army running game should have no issues churning out the yardage against the RedHawks. Army has averaged over 425 total yards per game this season, while Miami Ohio has surrendered almost 350 total yards per game on average. The Army offensive line took no time at all this season to find its blocking chops and the wide stable of running backs is stepping up to make plays when they matter. I expect Army to be able to churn out at least 275 yards on the ground here and eat up time of possession.
3 – Win the turnover battle
The RedHawks don’t have any especially exciting playmakers for Army to fear. They are a solid side – they went down by just one score against Minnesota – but they aren’t particularly explosive on offense. Army has given the ball away just once all year and is at +3 in turnover ratio. The RedHawks are at an even zero with three in each of the turnovers lost and gained columns. Army wins this at a canter if it plays smart football and doesn’t keep the RedHawks in the game with mistakes.