Army 0-12 in 2002? Analyzing the remaining sched.

Few Army fans thought their team would be 0-3 after the first three games of the 2002 season. Before the season started fans knew that the 2001 Army edition had shown improvement over Berry's first season and it was a fair to assume that 2002 would show further improvement in both on-the-field play and in season win totals.

Now Army fans suddenly find themselves wondering if the Cadets will even manage to win one game in 2002.  Army plays 12 games this season so it might be possible for the mistake prone Black Knights to set some kind of a record for losses.  

Let's take a look at Army's remaining opponents and get some kind of idea of what the chances are that our beloved Cadets can win at least one game. 

Army's first two games were it's best chance for a win during 2002.  Holy Cross and Rutgers were definitely beatable but those opportunities are lost now.   Let's look to the future.

Army next opponent is Southern Miss.  Army gets them at Michie.  The Golden Eagles lost to Alabama Saturday 20-7.  Right now they are 3-1 with big wins over Memphis (33-14) and Illinois (23-20).  Army's chances? Not good.

After the Golden Eagles the Cadets travel to East Carolina for their fifth game.  ECU is 1-2 with a 24-20 win over Tulane.  The Pirates have losses to both Wake Forest and Duke.  Army's chances? Not bad.  This might be the game but playing down there in a hostile environment decreases our chances for sure.

Next Army returns home for a match up with the TCU Horned Frogs.  How they got that name, I don't know.  TCU is currently 3-1 with wins over Northwestern (48-24), SMU (17-6), and North Texas (16-10).  The frogs have a 7-point loss to Cincinnati.  Army's chances?  Not good. Home field advantage might help.  Let's hope by this game the both the offense and defense have come to their senses. 

Army's seventh game of the season is at Houston.   The Cougars are 2-2 and have wins over Rice (24-10) and UL Lafayette (36-17).  They were beaten soundly by both Tulane (21 point loss) and Texas (30 point loss).  Army's chances? Possible win.

Next Army hosts the UAB Blazers.  UAB is currently 1-3 after a winning season in 2001.  UAB has lost to Florida (51-3), Pitt (26-20) and UL Lafayette (34-0).  UAB's only win of the season was against Troy State (27-26).  Army chances? Looks good.

Air Force Academy visits Army on November 9.  The Cadets are idle the week prior.  AFA is off to a great start with big wins over Northwestern (51-3), New Mexico (38-31 OT), and Cal (23-21).  This could be one of the best Air Force teams in the schools history.  Army's chances don't look good but you can never tell about an academy vs academy game.  

After hosting the Falcons it's off to New Orleans to face Tulane.  The Green Wave are 2-2 with wins over Houston (34-13) and Southern (37-19).  Losses have come against East Carolina and Memphis.  Army's chances?  Not good on the road but Tulane is beatable. 

After Tulane, the Cadets head up the Mississippi for a meeting with Memphis.  Memphis is 2-2 with wins over Murray St (52-6) and Tulane (38-10).  The Tigers have suffered bad losses to Ole Miss (38-10) and Southern Miss (33-14).  Army's chances?  Not good in Memphis.

Ahhh. . . now for our favorite game.  Navy.   Navy looks much improved right now.  Their offense is churning out about 30 points a game.  They had a very embarrassing loss to NC State (65-19) but beat SMU handily (38-7).   The Midshipmen scored 40 in a loss to Northwestern last week.  Army's chances?  Right now it does not look good.  A lot can take place between now and December 7th.  Lets hope our Cadets can show some improvement and find a quarterback that can run the offense by then.


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