The Army football program isn’t exactly a person, but if it was perhaps these are some of the items that would be on the Black Knights Christmas list in 2015.
1 – Beat Navy
This is absolutely the number one item on the list of any Army fan for Christmas 2015. With a win this year, Navy stretched their run in this series to 14 consecutive wins and Army has as good a chance to break this streak in 2016 as any year in recent memory. The main reason for this is the graduation from the Mids of Keenan Reynolds who has proven to be a thorn in the Black Knights side over the last four meetings between the two schools. With Reynolds out of the picture, Navy will have to turn to a new quarterback who will not be ready for the intimidating Army-Navy atmosphere. Throw in improved play by Army and this game is going to be an even more interesting watch than usual next year.
2 – Win the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy
Army has not won the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy since 1996, but if we are to assume that Navy will be down somewhat in 2016 given the graduations of their offensive players then this is not as unrealistic of a wish as some might think. If Army can get past an Air Force squad that seems to be good or bad on a weekly basis then it will set up an almighty showdown with the Mids next December.
3 – Some luck
Army may have finished the year 2-10, but as strange as it sounds the team is trending in the right direction. A shanked kick here, an odd bounce there, all strange things that cost Army potential wins this fall. The Black knights are not yet good enough to overcome these mistakes, but with more luck Army could easily have finished 4-8 or even 5-7 this fall.
4 – Make a bowl Game
Again, this seems way out of reach, but let’s assume for a moment that two of the game-winning kicks were missed against Army in 2015 and that one of the other close games ended up as a win. There were a number of 5-7 teams that made bowls this fall (which says something about the loss of sanctity of the bowls) but it is really not unrealistic to think that Army could finish with that kind of record next year. This is especially true if Chris Carter continues his level of play within the offense over the spring and into fall camp 2016.