Head to head: Army vs. Rhode Island

The Army Black Knights open their 2007 home football schedule on Saturday against Rhode Island. ArmySports.com compares different critical team areas of Army and Rhode Island and indicates which team has the edge.

Army
AREA
Rhode Island
COMMENTS
E  
Army rushing offense
vs.
Rhode Island rushing defense
E  
Even. Army managed just 58 yards rushing against Akron last week. Rhode Island gave up over 200 yards rushing to Fordham in its opener.  
X  
Army passing offense
vs.
Rhode Island passing defense
 
Take away the interception returned for a touchdown and Army Pevoto looked solid against Akron. Army should get more production against the Rams. Rhode Island defensive back Raji El-Amin is a guy Pevoto should avoid throwing towards. El-Amin had 2 interceptions in the Ram's opening game.  
E  
Rhode Island rushing offense
vs.
Army rushing defense
E  
Even. Runningback Jimmy Hughes rushed for 104 yards in the Rams opening loss to Fordham. The Rams strength is their rushing game but Army has a tough rushing defense.  
X  
Rhode Island passing offense
vs.
Army passing defense
 
Quarterback Derek Cassidy completed 6 of 14 passes for 68 yards against Fordham. Hughes led the Rams with three receptions. Army safeties Caleb Campbell and Jordan Murray lead the Black Knight secondary. Murray had 12 tackles against Akron.  
X  
Special Teams
 
Army has solid kickoff and punt return teams. Army punter Owen Tolson is ranked 17th nationally in punting. John Plumstead blocked a punt against Akron. Rhode Island's Bryan Giannecchini made 3 of 4 field goals last week.  
 
Coaching
X  
Tim Stowers is in his fourteenth season as a college head coach and has a 81-73 record. Stan Brock is in his first season at Army. Head coaching experience gets Rhody the edge here.  

Prediction:

Army 24
Rhode Island 13


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