Examining Army's 2012 Football Schedule

The Black Knight's are set to begin their football season on September 8th in San Diego. They will play in Qualcomm stadium, which is home to the NFL's San Diego Chargers, as well as to San Diego State University's football team. Army lost a heartbreaker to SDSU last year in West Point, losing by three points against them.

San Diego State finished the 2011-2012 season by going 8-5, well over the 3-9 record that Army posted. If last year's game was any preview, it looks like we're in for a great season opener this time around!

The next game will be played against the University of Northern Illinois here in New York. Just like San Diego State, the Black Knight's lost to them this past season. Unfortunately, it wasn't a very close game, as the Black Knight's got demolished 26 to 49 on the road. Northern Illinois finished their season 10-3, including winning their final eight games.

Next is Wake Forest, another road game for the Knight's before they play their following three at home. The Deacon's finished last season 6-6, including a key win over 23rd ranked Florida State, and a close three point loss against Number 9 ranked Clemson. On paper, this matchup favors Wake Forest's football team, but can the Black Knights sneak in an upset victory? Only time will tell.

Stony Brook, Boston College, and Kent State mark the next three games for Army. All three of them will be played at home in West Point at 12:00PM EST. Stony Brook represents the toughest one of the three teams, as they finished 9-4, having all their nine wins come consecutively after losing their first three. Some argue that the Big South isn't a football-gifted conference, meaning that Army will stand a fair shot at beating them. Boston College on the other hand had a disappointing season, finishing 4-8 after coming off a 7 win season two years ago. Keep in mind that they play in one of the toughest conferences in the country, the ACC, where they face teams such as the University of Miami and Florida State. Any ACC matchup will be tough for the Knight's, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt with the home field advantage. Kent State wraps up the home stand in New York. While they finished with a respectable 5-7 record, their offense didn't produce double digit points three times in the year. Army's offense was able to put up at least ten points every game last year, and only 1 time in the last two seasons have they not done that.

Eastern Michigan will be the next matchup for the Black Knight's on the road. Last year, Eastern Michigan had a respectable 6-6 record including 4-4 inside their conference. The team is led by Quarterback Alex Gillett from Green Springs, Ohio. In 2011 he threw for over 1,500 yards. He was especially good in conference play, where he threw for 1,100 yards and had an 11 to 4 INT/TD ratio. On the road, the Knight's are going to have a problem. They struggle away from the home crowd, and Eastern Michigan excels at home. Both programs are looking to come up from some bad seasons over the last few years and compete for a postseason berth.

Ball State will be the last game Army will play before Halloween. They get to face them at home this time, as they had a miserable 21-48 loss in Indiana last year. Ball State has been an up and down program recently just like most of the teams that the Black Knight's will play this coming football season. A win here will be big for Army and will slightly redeem themselves for the games they put up last year.

The Air Force Academy will play in West Point the following week. This could very well be one of the toughest games of the year. Last year Air Force was selected to play in the Military Bowl after finishing the regular season at 7-5. Even though they lost against Toledo by one point, their high powered offense is a credible threat. They beat Army last year at home by the score of 24-14, yet another match that Army will have the opportunity to redeem themselves.

Next up is Rutgers University on the 10th of November. After finishing last year 9-4, including a perfect record at home, the Black Knight's will be tested to the core against the Scarlet Knights. It's a game that Rutgers whole handedly expects to win, but football is always full of surprises, isn't it?

The final home game of the season will be against Temple. Here's yet another team who finished 9-4, including demolishing Army 42-14 when the Knight's were on the road. Unlike Rutgers and Air Force, I think that Temple can be beaten. Only time can tell.

As always, the final game of the season will be the classic Army-Navy matchup, this time played in Philadelphia. While Navy did beat Army last year by less than a touchdown, they themselves had a pretty dismissal year. At one point early the season, they almost beat 10th ranked South Carolina, losing in the final minutes 24-21. Army is always prepared for this game, and I have a good feeling about coming out of this one with a win.

At the end of the day, the Army Black Knight's have something to prove to all of us. Let's hope they can get it done on and off the field.

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