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