Saturday marks the unofficial end of the 2016 ECU Football team.
Though ECU travels to Philadelphia to play Temple over Thanksgiving, the combination of the final home game and no postseason aspirations means that this essentially spells the end of the season.
ECU's opponent is a very talented, tough Navy squad. During his weekly press conference, head coach Scottie Montgomery mentioned that Navy can run the option very well, and can also expose gaps in the secondary with their passing attack.
The reason ECU is going to struggle so much against this Navy team is because the Midshipmen play at a high tempo. ECU has had a lot of trouble keeping up with offenses that utilize hurry-up and no-huddle attacks.
Another big question for ECU is the quarterback dilemma -- again. For the past couple weeks, there has been no grasp on the quarterback situation -- and who starts the game may not necessarily finish the game -- or make it to halftime.
Senior quarterback Philip Nelson has been sidelined with an injury and did not practice Tuesday. However, Montgomery said that if Nelson practices, his performance would be evaluated and the team would go from there.
This game means a lot, not in terms of a win or loss, but for the seniors who will be playing their final home game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
For them, this is the last chance to make their mark at home. After the final whistle blows tomorrow, players like Zay Jones will be only memories in the hearts and minds of ECU fans. Lets hope the things end on a high note.
Final score prediction: 30-24 ECU.