Head to head: Army vs. Rutgers

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

ARMY
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Rutgers
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COMMENTS
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Army rushing offense
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Rutgers rushing defense
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This game pits the nation's No. 11 rushing defense against the No. 12 rushing offense. Army is led by quarterback Trent Steelman, slotback Patrick Mealy and fullback Kingsley Ehie who combined average about 160 yards per game rushing. Army as a team is picking up about 222 yards total rushing a game whereas Rutgers allows only about 90 yards on the ground a game. Rutgers linebacker Antonio Lowery has 35 tackles, 3.5 for losses and an interception this season.  
 
Army passing offense
vs.
Rutgers passing defense
 
Army passing offense has shown some improvement the past few games but they are still ranked dead last in the FBS averaging just 66 yards a game. Rutgers has no juggernaut of a passing defense, they allow over 220 yards a game, but they should be able to handle Army's attack. The Trent Steelman to Ali Villanueva connection seemed to work well last week against a tough Temple defense. Maybe the Black Knights can keep it going this week.  
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Rutgers rushing offense
vs.
Army rushing defense
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This match-up also has two decent units facing off. The Rutgers run attack, which is led by running back Joe Martinek, is picking up about 159 yards a game which is 46th best in the FBS. Martinek himself averages about 72 of those yards. Linebackers Stephen Anderson and Andrew Rodriguez lead a stout Army rushing defense that is ranked 35th in the nation allowing only 113 yards a game.  
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Rutgers passing offense
vs.
Army passing defense
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On paper this looks like a clear Army edge but a closer look reveals it's an even match-up. After a rough start to the season Rutgers had 248 yards passing versus Pitt last week in a game they nearly won. Army's pass defense, led by safety Donovan Travis and defensive end Josh McNary, is rated No. 21 in the nation, allowing only about 170 yards a game. Scarlet Knight freshman quarterback Tom Savage threw the ball 39 times last week against Pitt and completed 23 of them for an interception and a touchdown. Wide receiver Tim Brown, who has 28 catches this season, is Savage's top target.  
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Special Teams
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Rutgers kicker San San Te has connected on 9-of-14 field goals this season with the longest spanning 39 yards. Army kicker Alex Carlton has made 12-of-16 field goals including a long of 51 yards. Jonathan Bulls has a 39.7 yard punting average for Army. His opponent at Rutgers, Ted Dellaganna, has a 41.8 yard average. The two teams are similarly ranked in other special teams categories such as net punting, and kickoff and punt returns.  
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Coaching
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Greg Schiano, who is 4-0 versus Army, built a downtrodden Rutgers program into a winner. Army's Rich Ellerson built Cal Poly into a winner and has the Cadet program on the right track.  
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Intangibles
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It's a home game for Army but there will likely be a large contingent of Scarlet Knight fans at Michie Stadium.  


PREDICTION: Rutgers 20, Army 17

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