Season-ending injuries to Navy starting quarterback Will Worth (right foot) and starting slotback and team captain Toneo Gulley (left foot) put the Middies at a definite disadvantage. The injuries were suffered on a single play in 34-10 loss to Temple the other day in the American Athletic Conference championship game.
Army is going to be returning from their standard three-week bye after Week 11. Their newest game was on November 19, where they obliterated Morgan State, 60-3. In the overall game, the Black Knights ran the ball 60 times for 504 yards and seven touchdowns.
In battling Navy for the 118th time, among the longest and most played rivalries in college football, expect the Black Knights to carry on doing their ground-and-pound style. They are averaging 58.7 carries per contest, definitely the absolute most in the nation, while their 328.7 rushing YPG is second.
With the overall game being played in Baltimore, Navy has something of a house field edge. However, Navy (9-3) is facing Army (6-5) in the 117th Army-Navy Game Saturday on one week’s rest for initially since 1941. The Black Knights could have had ample time off (21 days) after topping Morgan State, 60-3, on November 19. Whether that can lead to some rustiness or renewed enthusiasm, this renewal of the armed forces rivalry must be one of many better games in a few time. Navy has emerged victorious in each of the last 14 years, therefore the injuries to key Navy players provides Black Knights more than just a passing glimmer of hope.
Navy is coming off a humbling 34-10 defeat on the Temple Owls. With the victory, the team dropped to a 9-3 record and are now actually ranked 25th in the AP Poll. To incorporate injury to insult, they will lalso ikely be without QB Will Worth for Week 14 (ankle)
Like their opponents, the Midshipmen are also a ground-and-pound squad that operates a heavy Triple Option system, and Worth is a huge part of that. He’s breaking out in his senior season, running for 1,196 yards and a league-leading 25 rushing TDs – Yes, more than Lamar Jackson. And like his QB counterpart in Army, he has measly passing numbers – 71-for-115 for 1,397 yards, with a 8-3 TD-INT ratio.
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