This one should be a fun weekend as Army travel to Dallas to take on Air Force as part of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, while Navy take on No. 8 Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
By Steve Wright
Week Results: 1-0. If this had gone wrong it would have been the worst prediction week of all time.
Closest Pick: Not only did I get the Navy @ Tulsa game correct – the only Academy game of the weekend – but I also wasn’t far off with the score. I went for Navy 27, Tulsa, 24 and they each finished a touchdown shy of that with a Navy 20, Tulsa 17 final.
Season Results: 13-9 (13-9%). Last week I was at (59.1%).
Army @ Air Force (in Dallas) – The top ranked Air Force rushing attack (318.4 yards per game) faces the second ranked Army rushing attack (312.3 yards per game) in a contest that is going to be attritional and where time of possession will mean everything. Army has the explosiveness to pull out a few big plays in the running game here – as does the Falcons – so this might not be the low scoring contest we often see between the two. Army is better than its 4-3 record indicates and I like the Black Knights to get back to winning ways at the expense of the Falcons. Army 31, Air Force 24.
Navy @ (8) Notre Dame – Navy has improved markedly as the season has gone on but I cannot bring myself to pick them against the No. 6 team in the country on the road. The way the Mids play should keep this lower scoring and close as they attempt to starve the Fighting Irish of possessions. The Mids just don’t score enough (18.1 points per game) to trouble their hosts as Notre Dame puts up 32.6 points per game and averages over 100 yards of total offense more than their visitors on Saturday. Notre Dame 31, Navy 21.