Air Force struck the first blow in the battle for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy while Army had a massive letdown against Georgia State.
By Steve Wright
Week Results: 1-1. That Army result is a weird one.
Closest Pick: Air Force 29, Navy 17. Actual was Air Force 13, Navy 10. I knew it would be tight. It was even tighter than expected.
Worst Pick: Army 49, Georgia State 14. Actual was Georgia State 31, Army 14. This result will make less and less sense as the season moves on.
Season Results: 6-3 (67%). Last week I was at 71%
Army @ Wake Forest – One of the worst first halves in recent memory saw Army trailing Georgia State 17-0 last weekend. Army should have been able to go-ahead 21-0 in the fourth, but a couple of bizarrely ineffective plays at the goal line killed momentum, and the rest is history. Wake Forest has been one of the most consistently improved programs over the last five years and presents a good test here. Wake Forest 31, Army 24.
Air Force @ Utah State – This isn’t the same Utah State team that beat Air Force a year ago and eventually won the conference. They lost quarterback Logan Bonner for the year, and junior backup Cooper Legas hasn’t been able to produce consistently. Navy allowed just 200 yards on the ground to Air Force, but that feels like a product of two service academies playing as opposed to anything the Falcons did wrong. The rushing game rolls again this week. Air Force 38, Utah State 20.
Navy vs. Tulsa – Tulsa has dropped two in a row, and this feels like an excellent time for the Mids to face the Golden Hurricane. The Navy pass rush will be critical here – Cincinnati had a ridiculous 11 sacks of the Hurricane’s quarterbacks last weekend – against an offensive line that is vulnerable to pressure. The Mids will have to account for running back Deneric Prince, a player who rushed for 71 yards and a pair of scores during his season debut last weekend. Navy simply has to find the end zone more – the Mids are 129th in scoring at 13.3 ppg (there are only 131 teams), and it is worth knowing that Navy leads this series 7-2 overall. Navy 24, Tulsa 17.