Navy hopes to become bowl eligible with a win versus Florida Atlantic on Saturday in Annapolis. Look…
Will Navy make a bowl game?
For now let's take a quick look at what remains on the schedule:
Vs. Florida Atlantic (2-6)
The Owls finally got their second win of the season last week (ironically against Troy) to stop a six game losing skid. Though two of those games were against Georgia and Alabama there is also an ugly looking loss to FCS South Alabama in the mix. The Owls have the unwanted combination of a low scoring offense and a porous defense which doesn't bode well for their chances against a Mids squad which is on a point scoring roll. This is a game Navy expects to win.
@ Troy (4-4)
The Trojans present the toughest test left on the schedule and they are the team who are most likely to stop Navy reaching the nine win plateau. Troy is in the middle of the pack in both scoring offense and defense, though their passing attack (22nd in the country) will certainly test the improvements in the Navy secondary. Troy has had problems converting drives into points this year, but if they can figure that problem out against Navy then it could be a very close game.
Vs. Texas State (3-4)
Texas State is a lower middle of the pack team which should be able to cause Navy some problems before the Mids pull away. The fact that the game is at home will help Navy, as will the fact that the Bobcats have yet to face an option team this year. The Navy pass defense will be more than enough for the Bobcats 98th ranked pass offense to
pick apart and the power of the Midshipmen run game will blow this one open.
Vs. Army (1-7)
The final game of the season is of course the penultimate leg of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy against Army. Though there is the obvious rivalry factor which could skew the outcome of this matchup the stats speak for themselves. Despite the fact that Army has a more potent running game than Navy this year, the rest of the Mids squad should be able to dominate the Black Knights. Army simply gives up too many points (37 per game for 112th in the country) to be able to hang with a high scoring offense like the one Navy has become.
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