The 2015 football season was one that was full of near misses and what ifs for the Army Black Knights football team. This season long battle to win games when in position to do so went all the way to the last game where Army had numerous chances in the final five minutes to score a touchdown and get ahead of Navy, only to miss them all and fall to the Midshipmen 21-17. The 2-10 Black Knights will therefore already be looking ahead to the 2016 schedule, hoping that with a bit more luck and a with better breaks of the ball that more wins will follow.
The Army schedule in 2016 is very much a mixed bag in terms of quality of opponent. Obviously the first thing to look at is the other games against the service academies and in 2016 Army will play Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore in December. This, as always, is a neutral field game, but the Black Knights do get to play their other Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy game against Air Force at home in West Point. With the game against the Falcons being the ninth game of the season and taking place in early November it may be a case of whoever is healthiest at that point of the schedule having the advantage.
The game against Navy will not be the Black Knights only at a neutral venue or in an NFL Stadium this upcoming fall. The Black Knights open the season with a trip to take on Temple who plays at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia which is also home to the Philadelphia Eagles. The week after the Air Force game the team will travel down to San Antonio, Texas, to take on Notre Dame in a neutral field contest. Notre Dame will also be by far the best opponent that Army faces all year.
Outside of those games the Black Knights have a number of winnable matchups coming up in 2016. The FCS games against a Morgan State team that was 4-6 last fall, and a Lafayette squad that was an awful 1-10 should go very differently to the Fordham game that set Army on its path last season when the Rams beat the Black Knights at home. The Black Knights also travel to face a 5-7 MAC team (Buffalo), play a pair of 5-7 C-USA teams (UTEP and Rice) and host a North Texas team that was arguably the worst FBS team in the country last year as they went 1-11. The opponents are rounded out with trips to Duke and Wake Forest.
In a nutshell there are plenty of wins for the Black Knights to aim for on this schedule.