Head to head: Navy vs. Delaware

Next up for Navy is a very dangerous Delaware team. Today GoMids.com compares different critical team areas of Navy and Delaware and indicates which team has the edge.

Navy
AREA
Delaware
COMMENTS
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Navy rushing offense
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Delaware rushing defense
 
Navy leads the nation in rushing yardage cranking out over 340 yards per game. Delaware, playing in the Football Championship Sub Division (formerly Division I-AA), is eighth nationally in rushing defense.  
 
Navy passing offense
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Delaware passing defense
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Navy's passing offense has struggled throughout the season. The Mids just don't pass much and why should they? Delaware gives up about 200 yards per game through the air. They have a decent passing defense by their division's standards and should have no problem limiting Navy's offensive production through the air.  
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Delaware rushing offense
vs.
Navy rushing defense
 
Even. Omar Cuff has rushed for 863 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season for the Blue Hens. Navy's Irv Spencer has 50 tackles so far this season. He also has 5.5 tackles for lost yardage. Delaware rushes for about 180 yards a game while Navy gives up about a 183 yards a game. The stats are about equal but Navy plays in the tougher division.  
 
Delaware passing offense
vs.
Navy passing defense
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Navy's passing efficiency defense is ranked No. 119 out of 120 teams. Delaware's passing offense is ranked 12th in their division. Blue Hen quarterback Joe Flacco has completed 155 of 213 passes for 1,974 yards and 9 touchdowns.  
E  
Special Teams
E  
Even. Delaware statistically has better punting teams and more accurate field goal kicking. Jon Striefsky has made 9 of 9 field goals so far this season. Navy has the edge in kick and punt returning.  
E  
Coaching
E  
Both Navy's Paul Johnson and Delaware's K.C. Keeler are winners. This game will likely not be decided because of an bad coaching decision.  

Prediction:

Navy 21
Delaware 20

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