Army-VMI 9 things to watch

Steamed Rice, huh? As it turns out, Rice steamed our boys in black and gold 48-14 last week. Ouch! But that was one game, and this is a long season. So here's to a run by our Black Knights. And here's some Army notes to check out:

The glass is half full
A win over Division I-AA Virginia Military Institute this weekend would make Army 3-3.
Go ahead, do the math. That would put the Black Knights on pace for a 6-6 season and a bid to the Poinsettia Bowl in December.

The glass is half empty
If only 6-6 were that easy. Army's schedule is much tougher in the second half of the season.
The Black Knights' first six opponents enter this weekend with a combined record of 13-16. However, Army's last six games come against teams with a mark of 16-9. The list includes No. 12 Notre Dame, Air Force, Navy and Texas Christian University.

Time to step up
Lost in the Rice debacle, thanks to Army's poor play on defense, was the performance of David Pevoto.
He struggled, completing just 12-of-22 passes for 140 yards with an interception returned for a touchdown. Pevoto is 70-of-127 for 613 yards with two touchdowns and eight interceptions this season.
Army coach Bobby Ross was somewhat critical of him this week, let's hope, that sparks the junior.

Cam the Man
Expect Cameron Craig to at least tie former linebacker Greg Washington for third on Army's all-time tackles for a loss list against VMI.
Craig has 32 and Washington recorded 33 from 2001-04. George Mayes (1976-79) tops the list with 42 and Jim Brock (1984-86) is second with 36. Craig ranks third in the nation this season with 2.6 tackles for a loss this season.

The Mac Daddy
Prediction: Army running back Wesley McMahand will rush for 100 yards this season.
Seems logical. He's got two 90-yard performances and, well, VMI is an inferior I-AA opponent. So book it.

CIC watch
Air Force hosts Navy this Saturday. It's a big game for Air Force, Navy and, of course, Army.
The winner leaves itself one win away from the CIC. And who will that be? We like Air Force quarterback Shaun Carney, who is really coming along, and the Falcons are home.
Prediction: Air Force 27, Navy 22

Old grad
Bobby Ross was a three-sport standout at VMI, graduating in 1959. He played basketball, baseball and football.
On the football team, Ross played quarterback and cornerback. He helped VMI to a 9-0-1 record in 1957. He broke his ankle as a senior the next year and missed most of the season.

By the numbers
Some interesting stats: Army is ranked 112 out of 119 teams in the nation in turnover margin ... Pevoto and the Black Knights are ranked 103rd in total offense ... The Black Knights are 12-1 all-time against VMI, their lone loss coming in 1981 under coach Ed Cavanaugh.

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