Navy grabbed its first win of the year the same day that Army suffered its first loss.
Week Results: 2-1. Closest Pick: I was 10 points out on my Air Force/New Mexico pick. I had the Lobos scoring an extra touchdown and the Falcons adding a field goal. Close though.
Season Results: 9-4 (69.2%). Last week I was at (70%).
Air Force vs. Wyoming – Air Force will face a tough test this weekend against a Wyoming side that also wants to run the ball. The Falcons lead the nation in rushing at almost 370 yards per game, hitting an absurd 67 attempts per game on the ground but hitting plenty of chunk plays at 5.5 yards per carry. Wyoming has been stout against the pass – third in the nation – but that doesn’t apply here and their run defense sits in the 80s nationally. Air Force will score plenty in this win. Air Force 38, Wyoming 21.
Navy vs. (24) SMU – We noted that Navy has been improving all season as Ken Niumatalolo got his systems and schemes in place. After scoring 10 points in the first two games the Mids put up 34 against Central Florida in a 34-30 win. The 5-0 SMU Mustangs will be a serious test. But Navy racked up a Navy-like 348 yards on the ground last week to show that the triple-option offense is back. SMU’s Tanner Mordecai leads the AAC with 314 yards passing per game and the contrast of styles makes this interesting. I like SMU to win, but I would love to be wrong. SMU 35, Navy 28.
Army is off this week.