Head-to-head: Army vs. Iowa State

Next up for Army is Iowa State. ArmySports.com compares different critical team areas of Army and Iowa State and indicates which team has the edge.

ARMY
EDGE
AREA
Iowa State
EDGE
COMMENTS
 
Army rushing offense
vs.
Iowa State rushing defense
 
Army edge. The Black Knights running attack, led by slotback Patrick Mealy and fullback Kingsley Ehie, are rated seventh in the nation and produce 258 yards a game on average. Iowa State is ranked 74th in the nation at defending the run. They allow an average 149 yards per game rushing. Cyclones linebacker Fred Garrin has 19 tackles and two forced fumbles this season.  
 
Army passing offense
vs.
Iowa State passing defense
 
ISU edge. Army is dead last in the FBS in passing at 120th. However, the Cadets can put it in the air as shown last week when freshman quarterback Trent Steelman completed a scoring pass to 6-foot-10 Ali Villanueva. The Cyclones are 71st in pass defense allowing 223 yards per game. Strong safety David Sims has 23 stops and a team-high three interceptions for Iowa State.  
EVEN  
Iowa State rushing offense
vs.
Army rushing defense
EVEN  
Two good units face off here. Army's defense have been tough against the run allowing only 77 yards per game. The Black Knight are led by linebackers Stephen Anderson and Andrew Rodriguez. Iowa has a solid rushing attack and piles up over 200 yards per game on average. Running back Alexander Robinson is averaging 108 yards per game for ISU.  
EVEN  
Iowa State passing offense
vs.
Army passing defense
EVEN  
Even here but leaning towards Army. The Cadets passing defense has performed well against several pass happy teams and are ranked 55th nationally, allowing just 201 yards per game. Free safety Donovan Travis has had three interceptions already this year inluding two against Ball State. Iowa State is 94th in the nation passing averaging 174 yards per game. ISU quaterback Austen Arnaud has 450 yards passing and 176 rushing so far in 2009. His top target is receiver Marquis Hamilton who has 11 catches this season two of which have been for scores.  
EVEN
Special Teams
EVEN  
Even. Both teams have solid special teams. Iowa State sophomore kicker Grant Mahoney made 22-of-31 career field goals with long of 50 yards. Punter Mike Brandtner has a nice 40.8 yard average and has boomed a 73 yarder this season. Army punter Jonathan Bulls has a 41.20 yard average. Alex Carlton has been solid at kicking for Army. He's made 3-of-4 field goals including a long of 45 yards. Both teams have solid return units but watch out for Cyclone return man Leonard Johnson who earned All-America honors last season as a returner.  
 
Coaching
 
Both Rich Ellerson and Paul Rhoads are 2-1 in their first season at their schools. Ellerson gets the edge here because of his extensive head coaching experience. He nine years of winning head coaching experience prior to coming to West Point.  
 
Intangibles
 
The Black Knights will play in front of their biggest crowd so far this season. Jack Trice Stadium seats 55,000 and most of the fans should be rooting for the Cyclones. Both teams want to get to 3-1 on the season so they can be half-way to a bowl bid. Clear home advantage gets the Cyclones the edge here.  


PREDICTION: Army 21 Iowa State 20

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