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
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
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
Army coach Bobby Ross was somewhat critical of him this week, let's
hope, that sparks the junior.
Cam the Man
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.
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.
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,
Bobby Ross was a three-sport
standout at VMI, graduating in 1959. He played basketball, baseball and
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.
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.
Army-VMI 9 things to watch
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