There is no College Football Playoff for Navy after absorbing a stinging 21-point loss to Houston last Saturday. The Midshipmen can look to finish their regular season on a high, though, when they face arch-rivals Army in a blockbuster Predictions matchup at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Navy Midshipmen had their five-game winning streak snapped last week with a tough 52-31 loss to the Houston Cougars. The Midshipmen had no answer for Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. who threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns. It absolutely was a disappointing result for Navy who lost its grasp on the CFP Group of 5 race.
The Midshipmen can look to atone for that sorry loss when undertake the Black Knights this coming Saturday. For Navy to win its bitter rival, it will have to improve on its play on the defensive end. Navy had trouble getting Houston off the field, with the Cougars converting 16 of these 19 third-down opportunities, which is trouble against an Army side that converted nine of these 13 third-down chances in the game against Rutgers.
It didn’t help one bit that Navy also had difficulty running the football in the loss to Houston. Navy has rushed for 400 yards in back-to-back outings, but their triple-option offense was held to just 147 yards by Houston’s defense. The onus then is on Heisman Trophy candidate Keenan Reynolds to breathe some life to the Navy offense. He scored his 83rd career touchdown in the loss to Houston to match the FBS record set by Wisconsin’s Montee Ball. He will soon be licking his chops at the outlook of facing an Army defensive line that’s allowing 162.1 yards per game on the floor in 2010, 58th in the whole FBS. NCAAF Predictions Navy should get the work done and win easily.