September not kind to Army

The month of September hasn't been kind to our Army Black Knights over the last decade. Army is just 5-31 during September since the start of 1997 season. Think about it. No team in college football can give up September and expect to be have a good year.

For Army, winning in September is a must. That's why the season-opener against Akron and Rhode Island, the week after are such important games. Army needs those games for morale.

More importantly, the Black Knights need them to avoid another lost September. ACC powers Wake Forest and Boston College follow on the schedule. We're counting on Army getting those wins against Akron and Rhode Island and who knows what comes after that.

Maybe an upset. Or at least an upset-bid against an ACC power. Anything but another September slide.

The Black Knights' September slip-ups began after their last winning season in 1996. Army went 1-3 during September in 1997 and followed that up with one-win Septembers in '98 and '99. It sounds unbelivable, but it's true: Army didn't win a September game from 2000 to 2005. The Black Knights broke the snide with a 17-14 overtime win over Kent State at Michie Stadium on Sept. 9, adding a 27-20 overtime victory over Baylor two weeks later.

Army will take 2-2 any September, but let's start with 2-0 against Akron and Rhode Island. From there, maybe, just maybe, our guys in black and gold can steal another September win.

More on Army in September

Army hasn't won a season-opener since beating Ohio University 37-20 in 1996. That marked the Black Knights' seventh season-opening win in a row.

The Black Knights are 4-17 at Michie in September.

Army opened the 2003 season with four consecutive home losses to Connecticut, Rutgers, Tulane and South Florida. The Black Knights were outscored 162-75.

Army has a chance to go at least 3-2 this September. Temple follows Wake Forest and Boston College at Michie on Sept. 29. Top Stories