Last week was weird, with two of the three academies not playing. That meant either a 100% week or a 0%. Thankfully the good guys won in OT.
Week Results: 1-0.
Closest Pick: Navy 38, Temple 14. The actual was Navy 27, Temple 20, with the Mids winning in overtime. I am shocked Temple kept this as close as they did, but at this point, I will take the win.
Worst Pick: See above!
Season Results: 12-7 (63%). Last week I was at 61%
Air Force @ Army (in Dallas) – Air Force has the better record and is just one win away from bowl eligibility. This means nothing, as Army and Air Force always play close, tense, physical football games, no matter who the better team is coming into the contest. The last four matchups between the schools have been one-score contests and whichever wins on fourth down and – crucially – wins the turnover battle will have a huge advantage in a game between the two best rushing offenses in the country. I am leaning toward Air Force as the Army run defense has had some issues – to put it mildly – this season. Air Force 24, Army 21.
Navy @ Cincinnati – The Mids really had to work for their win against Temple as they prevailed in overtime despite averaging just 3.2 yards per carry on their way to 224 total yards (all rushing) on the day. They shut down the Temple running game – 20 attempts for 20 yards – but the offensive output will have to be much more significant to beat Cincinnati. Starting quarterback Tai Lavatai went down with a left knee injury which means backup Xavier Arline will be the starter on Saturday. The Bearcats were stung by UCF last time as the Knights dealt them their first defeat in AAC play since 2019. They average almost 35 points per game, an issue for a Navy team amongst the nation’s lowest-scoring squads. Cincinnati 38, Navy 20.