Army Football 2004 Prediction/ Preview

Army lost all 13 of its football games in 2003, the worst season ever in the history of college football. The Black Knights can't lose 13 in 2004, they only play 11. But can Army win a football game in 2004? ArmySports.com takes a look at all 11 opponents and makes predictions for each game.

Sept. 11, Louisville- The Cards were recently picked by the C-USA coaches to finish first in the conference. Louisville returns and slew of starters from 2003 including 8 on offense and 7 on defense. Quarterback Stefan Leflors threw for over 3,000 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2003 as the Cards finished teh season 29th nationally in passing offense. The Cards are well coached by Bobby Petrino who finished 9-4-1 in his first season in Louisville. Prediction: Louisville 31 Army 10

Sept. 18, at at Houston- Army fell at home to Houston 34-14 last season. Art Briles led the Cougars to a 7-6 record and Hawaii bowl bid in his first season. Houston returns a good amount of personnel on both sides of the ball. Houston had a very efficient passing offense, throwing only 7 total interceptions all season despite 367 attempts. The Cougars visit heavyweight Oklahoma the week prior to Army's visit. The Cougar offense and defense put up big number; a 45-42 win over Tulane, a 62-55 loss to TCU, a 66-45 loss to Louisville and a 54-48 loss to Hawaii. Prediction: Houston 38 Army 24

Sept. 25,at Connecticut- UConn finished 2003 9-3 and defeated Army 48-21 in the Cadet's opener. The Huskies were eighth nationally in total offense in 2003, churning out over 477 yards per game. Connecticut returns 9 players on offense including the quarterback. Seven starters return on defense. The Huskies are another well coached, experienced opponent. Prediction: UConn 35 Army 17

Oct. 2, Texas Christian- Just when you thought it was time for a breather game after 3 straight games against fine football teams the Horned Frogs come to town. TCU finished 11-2 last season and played in the Fort Worth Bowl. The Horned Frog's rugged defense will lose 7 starters while the offense returns all but 3. Look for the Frogs to give up more points but score more on offense. Prediction: TCU 28 Army 7

Oct. 9, Cincinnati- Finally an opponent that Army matches up to well. Like Army, Cincinnati will have a first year head coach. The Cadets came very close to beating the Bearcats in 2003 but lost 33-29. The Bearcats return 16 starters total and are looking for a possible bowl bid in 2004. Prediction: Army 30 Cincinnati 27

Oct. 16, at South Florida- The Bulls finished 2003 7-4. They are coached by Jim Leavitt who is in his seventh season in Tampa. Five starters return on defense and 8 starters on offense. Last season the Bulls defeated Army 28-0 at West Point. Prediction: South Florida 31 Army 20

Oct. 30, at East Carolina- The Pirates, like Army, had a miserable season in 2003. Circle this game as Army's best chance at picking up a win in '04. ECU had the pleasure of tasting at least one win at Army's expense, 38-32. This season ECU returns just 6 total starters which might not be a bad thing. Army 28 East Carolina 24

Nov. 6, Air Force- The Black Knights get a visit from the Falcons to start November. Last season Army was pounded 31-3 in Colorado. The Falcons averaged over 280 yards rushing a game in 2003. This season the Falcons might be a down season for Air Force as they lose 9 offensive and 8 defensive starters. Fisher DeBerry has won 156 games in 20 years. Prediction: Air Force 21 Army 20

Nov. 13 at Tulane- Army's had fairly good success against the Green Wave over the past few season minus 2003. The Greenies defeated Army 50-33 in Michie. 14 starters return for 2004 but Tulane must replace their quarterback, running back and fullback. Prediction: Tulane 28 Army 20

Nov. 20 Alabama Birmingham- UAB is coached by Watson Brown who is 47-54 in 9 years in Birmingham. Army fell to the Blazers 24-9 in 2003. UAB returns 15 starters to a team that finish 5-7 last season. Quarterback Darrell Hackney passed for over 1,600 yards in 2003. Prediction: UAB 27 Army 14

Dec. 4 Navy- Paul Johnson has guided Navy to two straight wins over Army. The Midshipmen, who virtually return their entire team, were number one nationally in rushing offense in 2003, averaging over 300 yards a game. The big question mark for Navy is can quarterback Aaron Polanco pick up where Craig Candeta left off? Navy finished 2003 8-5 with a 38-14 loss to Texas Tech in the Houston Bowl. Prediction: Navy 24 Army 10

Army has no where to go but up this season. Combining good coaching with the will to win can do wonders for a football team. Don't expect the Cadets to go bowling but they CAN win football games and will.


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