Three Keys: Army vs. Stony Brook

This is one Army has to win. The 0-3 Black Knights have played better than their record suggests at times this season, but in the cruel world in which football operates wins are all that count. With that being said Army has their best chance at a win so far this season on Saturday as FCS school Stony Brook comes to town.

This is one Army has to win. The 0-3 Black Knights have played better than their record suggests at times this season, but in the cruel world in which football operates wins are all that count. With that being said Army has their best chance at a win so far this season on Saturday as FCS school Stony Brook comes to town. Here are some keys which would go a long way to removing the goose egg from the win column. 1) Step up on defense

When a FBS school schedules an FCS opponent it is usually the bigger school carrying all the stats into the game. In this case, however, Stony Brook looks like they could be far more dangerous than anyone in the Army administration would have expected when this fixture was hashed out. The Seawolves (one of the more random nicknames in college athletics) have an offensive line which AVERAGES 305 pounds and they have used that beef to great effect in this 3-1 start to the season. Stony Brook averages almost 330 yards rushing and 44 points a game, while the Black Knights have yet to hold a team to under 40 points all season. If Army continues to struggle defensively and the big Seawolves offensive line does its job, then we could well be in for the third shoot out of the season.

2) Rushing attack has to be on point

The expectation is that this game is going to develop into a case of who can score the most points as opposed to who can stop the other team more. With that being said the Black Knight rushing attack needs to be as efficient as it has been all season and not come up short at the end of drives. In the last two weeks the Army run game has averaged over 450 yards and has scored 10 total rushing touchdowns, both remarkable numbers when the futility though the air is taken into account. Thankfully for the Black Knights Trent Steelman appears to have shaken off the rib injury which caused him to be spelled for a time last week against Wake Forest. Steelman is the lynchpin which holds the rushing attack together and with him in the game Army has a chance to score every time they touch the ball.

3) Keep the faith

One of the more frustrating aspects of the Black Knights slow start to the season is that the team really hasn't played all that badly after the week one blowout loss in San Diego. In both the Northern Illinois and Wake Forest games Army had its chances to turn the games around but just couldn't force a stop or make a big play offensively when it mattered. Yes, 0-3 looks bad, but there are 1-2 and even 2-1 teams who have played worse than the Black Knights and have got the breaks to have a better record. The Army players cannot get disheartened early if things are not going right as this team still has all the potential and skill required to beat Stony Brook and begin their march to a bowl game.

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