Maybe we are getting a little ahead of ourselves. But this Army team is starting to look more and more legit. The Black Knights are 3-5 and could be 4-4 if they put away Buffalo like they should have.
But enough about Buffalo. It's time to look ahead and see what lies ahead of Army and a bowl game. Armysports.com provides analysis of Army's four remaining opponents, Air Force, Rice, Rutgers and Navy.
Air Force, Nov. 1
A win over Air Force puts Army in position to claim its first Commander-in-Chief's position since 1996.
Many "experts" predicted a down year for Air Force with so many young players. The "experts" were wrong. Second-year head coach Troy Calhoun has the Falcons clicking on all cylinders. Air Force (6-2) became bowl-eligible with a 23-10 win over New Mexico last week and has won three in a row.
Air Force received votes in this week's Associated Press top 25 poll. Army lost to the Falcons 30-10 in Colorado Springs last year. Air Force has won 10 of the last 12 meeting between the service academies.
Prediction: Army 21, Air Force 17
Running record: 4-5
at Rice, Nov. 8
Army's hot defense will face a test against Rice (5-3). The Owls are averaging 40.13 points per game.
Rice ranks 10th in scoring offense and 16th in total offense (445 yards). The Owls scored 77 points against North Texas on Sept. 27. Rice is coming off a 42-17 win over Tulane last Saturday.
Quarterback Chase Clement threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more. Clement smoked Army for 299 yards and a school-record five touchdowns in a 48-14 win over Army at West Point two years ago. The Black Knights had recruited him coming out of high school.
Prediction: Rice 28, Army 20
Running record: 4-6
at Rutgers, Nov. 22
Maybe Rutgers coach Greg Schiano should have taken the University of Michigan coaching gig when he had the chance.
Rutgers has fallen upon hard times this year, going 3-5. But the Scarlet Knights have won two in a row and should beat Syracuse on Nov. 8, coming off a bye week. Senior quarterback Mike Teel threw for a career-high 361 yards and a school-record six touchdowns in a 54-34 victory over No. 17 Pittsburgh last week.
Teel was only the fourth player in Big East history to throw six touchdowns in a BIG EAST game. He finished the first half 12-for-15 for 311 yards and five touchdowns with one interception.
Prediction: Army 23, Rutgers 21
Running record: 5-6
Navy at Philadelphia, Dec. 6
According to our calculations, Army enters this game with a chance to qualify for a bowl game.
And it's about time the Black Knights beat Navy. The Midshipmen have beaten Army six years in a row by a combined score of 240-71. This isn't the same Navy team that Paul Johnson drew plays up for.
But new coach Ken Niumatalolo has done a good job. Navy is 5-3 and looking to qualify for a bowl game for the sixth straight year. Looks like all three service academies will be going bowling this year.
Prediction: Army 22, Navy 17
Running record: 6-6
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