Perhaps with the exception of Navy's 2007 team, which managed to hold Army to 3 points in a 38-3 rout, this is the worst defense the Mids have fielded against Army in the past decade. If Army is able to get them on their heels early, it will expose Navy's biggest weakness all season – their woeful linebacking corps. If Army can get Navy's linebackers thinking pass, it will open up the middle of the field and the Cadets will be able to pound the ball inside – something they have been unable to do against the Mids during their nine-game losing streak.
When the Mids have the football, they too will be looking for a consistent performance from their up-and-down quarterback, senior Kriss Proctor. Against San Jose State, Proctor looked a lot like Army's back-up passers. San Jose State begged him to throw the ball and if Proctor was able to hit one or two very makeable passes, the Mids would be playing their final two games in Washington D.C. Just like Navy's linebackers, Army's secondary is extremely suspect at best. Proctor will need to take advantage of this weakness to extend Navy's dominance over Army for another season.
Both teams have combined to average over 600 yards per game on the ground this season, but whichever one is able to pass for over 100 yards will win the Army-Navy game.
Here's hoping it's Proctor and Navy… But here's me fearing it will be Steelman and Army…
Note: I'm not exactly a good luck charm for Navy in this game. When I'm in attendance, Navy is 1-5 against Army.
Prediction: Army 24, Navy 23
Trent Steelman (ArmySports.com)