Nobody at West Point expects Army to come close to going winless this season. Army's 12 opponents for 2008 went a combined 68-80 last season.
"We couldn't be more pleased with the look of our 2008 schedule," Army coach Stan Brock said. "Our players are very excited to open the season with three straight home games and also excited about the chance to play six games at Michie Stadium."
Army went 3-2 at Michie last year after starting the year 3-0.
Brock added: "We feel it is a challenging group of opponents and our players have already begun preparing for their 2008 opener. Our goal is to play a national schedule against quality opponents and we think next year's schedule accomplishes that. We view Texas as very important to our recruiting efforts so to have the chance to play two games in the state is extremely important to us. We also embrace the opportunity to take on one of our in-state rivals in Buffalo and continue our long-standing regional rivalry with Rutgers."
Temple, which Army beat 37-21 last year, is getting better and better. New Hampshire is a Division I-AA power and Akron beat the Black Knights last year. Still, it's not out of the question that Army opens 3-0.
From there, Army plays at Tulane and Texas A&M. The Black Knights return home to play slumping Eastern Michigan, before traveling across the state to take on a much-improved University of Buffalo team. Army hosts Louisiana Tech and Air Force, before playing at Rutgers and Rice. The Black Knights close out the season against Navy in Philadelphia.
As always, it comes down to confidence. Army fans would be happy with a 2-1 start, but 3-0 and the the Black Knights will be rolling. Hopefully, all the way to a bowl game.
The 2008 Army football schedule with our predictions (home games in bold)
2008 ARMY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Aug. 30, TEMPLE Loss (0-1)
Sept. 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE Win (1-1)
Sept. 20, AKRON Win (2-1)
Sept. 27, at Texas A&M Loss (2-2)
Oct. 4, at Tulane Win (3-2)
Oct. 11, EASTERN MICHIGAN Win (4-2)
Oct. 18, at Buffalo Lose (4-3)
Oct. 25, LOUISIANA TECH Win (5-3)
Nov. 1, AIR FORCE Lose (5-4)
Nov. 8, at Rice Win (6-4)
Nov. 22, at Rutgers Lose (6-5)
Dec. 6, vs. Navy (Philadelphia, Pa.) Win (7-5)
Extra points: The Army-Ball State game has been up for discussion on this board. For the record, Ball State and Army will begin a series in 2009, not in Chicago, but at Michie. The teams have played once before, with the Midshipmen winning 41-21 in 1999 at Michie. Army will play at Ball State in 2011 and 2013, and the teams will also play at Army in 2012 and 2014.