The #23 Navy Midshipmen will collide with the Army Black Knights in their annual rivalry showdown Saturday afternoon from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Black Knights are coming off a 52-31 road loss to Hawaii in their previous action, and the Midshipmen registered a 56-41 home win against Houston in their latest game. Army has won the last three meetings which included a 17-10 victory against Navy last season.
Army Misses Out on Bowl Game
The Army Black Knights can reach the six-win mark with a victory in this game but it won’t be enough for bowl eligibility due to their loss to Hawaii on November 30th. The Black Knights will still be motivated against their biggest rival. Army utilizes a unique triple-option offense that consists primarily of running plays. They use multiple quarterbacks per game with Kelvin Hopkins Jr. logging the most playing time. The senior QB only has 570 passing yards with a 4:5 TD to INT ratio, although he leads the team with 706 rushing yards.
Watch for Connor Slomka in this one. The senior running back has attempted 142 rushes this season which is the most on the team. Slomka collected 65 rushing yards against Hawaii and he has tallied 637 rushing yards on the season. Sandy McCoy is coming off a season-high 91 rushing yards and he is third in team rushing with 555 yards.[embed]https://twitter.com/ArmyWP_Football/status/1204060636184895489[/embed]
Jabari Laws is technically a quarterback but he has only attempted five passes in his last two games while rushing for 237 yards in that span. The Army offense was inconsistent this season but they really found a groove over their final three games.
The Black Knights’ defense is a strength. They were tremendous against the pass this season but that won’t matter in this one. They are mediocre on the ground with a rush defense that ranks 51st in the FBS. Army is averaging 30.3 points, placing them 60th in the country. They are allowing an average of 22.3 points, positioning them 35th overall.