It has been a frustrating year for Army, as the team has lost three games in a row and only has wins against the lowly Fordham Rams, Tulane Green Wave, and Northwestern Wildcats. It was a season of high hopes after that 1-2 start to the season, as the West Point crew nearly beat the San Diego State Aztecs and then did upset Northwestern. However, a bad loss to the Ball State Cardinals was the start of a long decline over the course of the rest of the year. The team only threw the ball for a grand total of 528 yards on the entire season, easily the worst mark in the nation, and the team’s passers only completed 33-of-91 passing with four TDs and four picks. As always, the ground game was great, ranking tops in the country at well over 300 yards per game. RB Raymond Maples needs just 16 yards in this one to rush for 1,000 yards. QB Trent Steelman and three others all had at least 440 yards on the ground this year as well. Defensively, this team was dreadful against the run this year, ranking No. 92 in the land, and against the Middies, you know that that number is only going to get worse.
The Naval Academy won’t be in a bowl game this year either after going 4-7 in its first 11 games. The loss last week on the road at the San Jose State Spartans locked up the Middies’ fate. This was really a season of “what if” for Navy. It was beaten by three on the road against the South Carolina Gamecocks, one in overtime because of a botched extra point at home against the Air Force Falcons, one on the road at the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, three at home against the East Carolina Pirates, and finally three on the road at San Jose State. The only games this team was out of all season long were a home date against a Southern Miss team that went on to win Conference USA and will likely finish in the Top 20 in the country, and a 56-14 drubbing against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend. QB Kriss Proctor accounted for 19 TDs this year between his arm and his legs, and he is the team’s leading rusher with 817 yards. RB Alexander Teich is just behind with 790 yards, though.
Army Black Knights @ Navy Midshipmen Trends: Army is just 2-7 ATS in its last nine meetings in this rivalry, and it hasn’t beaten Navy since 2001. Most of the games weren’t all that close either, as the Middies have won all of these games in this stretch by at least a dozen points. The last two meetings were decided by two touchdowns, a 31-17 win in 2010 and a 17-3 win for the Middies in 2009.
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