The Knightmare that was the Bier-Evans controversy ended on Thursday when the NCAA reinstated the fifth-year seniors. They missed Army's season-opening 14-6 loss to Arkansas State on Sept. 2, after being declared ineligible by the NCAA.
Everyone on this board knows how that ruling came down (hint: It involved some squids). But back to Kent State, which has lost 10 games in a row. Army needs to win this game if it wants to keep any hopes of a bowl berth alive. Poinsettia Bowl officials and the Academy have reached an agreement that would allow the Black Knights to play in the game if they go 6-6.
Kent State coach Doug Martin offered the following assessment of the Black Knights earlier in the week:
"They are very physical on offense. They have a very good fullback (Mike Viti) and they are going to run the ball at us and use play-action. Defensively, they may be one of the best-coached defenses I've seen." Added Martin, whose Golden Flashes lost to Minnesota 44-0 last week: "They do a lot of things with their coverages, rolling from one side to another. They never really show you what they're going to do until after the snap. So you have to be really sharp offensively to pick those things up."
Expect Army's defense to play even better than last week when they opened with a decent performance. It's the offense that was the problem. The Black Knights put up just 164 yards of total offense against Arkansas State. Quarterback David Pevoto completed just 12-of-23 passes for 95 yards and threw two interceptions. Running back Wesley McMahand rushed the ball 13 times for 35 yards in his varsity debut. Army coach Bobby Ross still has confidence in his quarterback and running back.
Let's hope the Army faithful does, too. But it's too early to jump off the Black Knight bandwagon. Especially with Bier and Evans back.