Head to head: Army vs. Navy

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

ARMY
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Navy
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COMMENTS
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Army rushing offense
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Navy rushing defense
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Army, led by quarterback Trent Steelman and slot back Patrick Mealy, average over 200 yards rushing per game, good for 14th nationally. Navy's got a fine rushing defense and allows only about 128 yards per game.  
 
Army passing offense
vs.
Navy passing defense
 
Army's passing attack has improved as the season has progressed but the Black Knights are still the ranked last in the FBS in passing with less than 80 yards per came coming through the air. 6-foot-10 Ali Villanueva has 29 catches this season. Navy is 60th nationally in passing defense and allows about 218 yards a game. Wyatt Middleton has three interceptions for the Mids.  
 
Navy rushing offense
vs.
Army rushing defense
 
Navy, led by quarterback Ricky Dobbs, is third nationally in rushing, piling up almost 280 yards per game on average. The Black Knights rushing has been solid this season but the loss of linebacker Stephen Anderson has hurt and Army has dropped to No. 66 in the nation in rushing defense. In Anderson's absence fellow linebacker Andrew Rodriguez has taken the lead at stopping the run.  
 
Navy passing offense
vs.
Army passing defense
 
Army has a solid passing defense, ranking fifth nationally (161 ypg). Navy's passing offense is almost as bad as Army, gaining just 71 yards a game. Army defensive end Josh McNary is third in the nation in sacks with 12.5. He likely won't get more than one against Navy.  
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Special Teams
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Two outstanding kickers meet in this game. Army's Alex Carlton is 17-of-21 on field goals with a long of 51 yards. Navy's Joe Buckley is 9-of-12 with a long of 50. Kyle Delahooke averages 43 yards a punt and has a long of 68 yards. Army's Jonathan Bulls averages 39 yards a punt and has a long of 65 yards. Army averages 18.6 yards per kickoff return and allows opponents an average of 24.2 yards (1 TD) on kick returns. Navy gains an average of 17.7 yards per kickoff return and allows 22.4 yards per return. The Black Knights gain just 5.6 yards per punt return while allowing their opponents 10.y yards (2 TD) per punt return. The Mids average 7.5 yards per punt return (1 TD) and allow 9.8 yards per return (1 TD).  
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Coaching
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Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is a winner and has a 16-10 record in his second complete season. Army's Rich Ellerson has a solid 65-47 record in 10 seasons of head coaching.  
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Intangibles
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The Army-Navy game has had some crazy outcomes in the past. Winless teams have defeated teams with winning records. You just don't know what is going to happen. Army has had one additional week to prepare than Navy.  


PREDICTION: Navy 28, Army 21

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