Navy Post Spring Game Predictions

With spring practice in the rear view mirror it is time to look forward and start making predictions for the 2013 season. Whether it is too early or not to project what will happen this fall is up for debate, there is no doubt that the end of spring ball does mark a significant shift in the football calendar.

With spring practice in the rear view mirror it is time to look forward and start making predictions for the 2013 season. Whether it is too early or not to project what will happen this fall is up for debate, there is no doubt that the end of spring ball does mark a significant shift in the football calendar. Though these predictions can (and will) change between now and opening day here is a look at how we see Navy faring at this point in time.

@ Indiana - Win

Indiana is no longer the Big Ten joke that they were for so many years and their up tempo spread offense will cause Navy problems. The Hoosiers have a big mess at quarterback, however, with three potential starters but no one standing out. Rotation may be the answer and early in the season Navy should be able to do enough to frustrate whomever is in the game.

Vs. Delaware - Win

FCS opponent with a new head coach coming off of a losing season. Navy will roll.

@ Western Kentucky -Loss

A wild card team here who will have to be watched when practices get underway in the summer. With Bobby Petrino at the helm the Hilltoppers have instant legitimacy and Petrino has only had one losing season in eight years as head coach with stints at Louisville and Arkansas. He also has a dynamic quarterback with a major college arm in Brandon Doughty who threw for five touchdowns in the WKU spring game. This could go either way.

Vs. Air Force - Win

The first match in the defense of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy will be at home against a Falcons squad who are bedding in nine new starters on offense. Navy should have too much for a rebuilding Air Force.

@ Duke - Win

Duke is coming off their first bowl appearance since 1994, but they lost quarterback Sean Renfree to the NFL. The Blue Devils will be relying on Anthony Boone to fill that hole but he has been up and down in spring practice and will need to improve rapidly this fall.

@ Toledo - Win

Road games in consecutive weeks will test the Mids, but not as much as the ability of Rockets running back David Fluellen. One of the most productive backs in the nation in 2012 Fluellen rushed for almost 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns. If Toledo can find a quarterback to work off of the back of his production they will be a tough out for Navy. Will say win for now but watch this space.

Vs. Pittsburgh - Win

This one is a tossup. Pitt is a team that has just been treading water for a couple of years and it is unrealistic to think they will suddenly break out and play to their potential. The fact that this is at home gives Navy the edge for now.

@ Notre Dame - Loss

You have to think that Notre Dame will have something to prove after the historic beat down Alabama put on them in the title game. Though this team will not be as good as the one that went undefeated in the regular season a year ago they will still have just enough to take down the Mids.

Vs. Hawaii - Win

Hawaii has been horrible for the last couple of seasons and is notoriously (and understandably) poor travelers to the mainland. Add in the fact that this game will be in the Eastern Time Zone and you have all the ingredients for a Mids win.

Vs. South Alabama - Win

Congratulations to anyone who knew that the Jaguars are a full FBS member for the first time in 2013. Though their transition period has now completed they are still down on scholarships and are a few years from competing week in week out at this level.

@ San Jose State - Loss

Just like Hawaii but in reverse the trip across time zones is going to be difficult for the Mids to adjust to. Though head coach Mike MacIntyre bolted for Colorado on the back of the programs first 11 win season the Spartans return 16 starters including the nation's third best quarterback by efficiency in David Fales. Going to be difficult to win.

Vs. Army (in Philadelphia) - Win

It will be hard for Army-Navy to surpass the drama of last year, but the passion and pageantry will certainly be out on display once again. This game is always better with something on the line so with all due respect to Air Force hopefully this turns into the CIC decider once again. With Keenan Reynolds embedded as almost a two year starter by this point, Navy will have too much for the Black Knights.

Projected Record: 9-3

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