Three Keys - Navy vs. Army

The eyes of the football loving world will be on chilly Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon for the 114th Army-Navy game. The Mids will be looking to secure the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy outright for the second consecutive year, while a win over Army would also extending the series record streak of wins over the Black Knights to 12 in a row.

The eyes of the football loving world will be on chilly Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon for the 114th Army-Navy game. The Mids will be looking to secure the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy outright for the second consecutive year, while a win over Army would also extending the series record streak of wins over the Black Knights to 12 in a row. In national terms the win would take the Mids record to 8-4 and give them a chance for a nine win season.

Here is a look at the three keys to victory.

1) Win the rushing battle

When it comes to Navy playing Army the first key is always going to be the two rushing attacks. The Black Knights actually have rushed for more yards per game than Navy in 2013 (323 to 320) but that difference is negligible. The major difference is in rushing touchdowns where Navy holds a big edge with 43 trips to the end zone compared to just 33 for Army. When the number two and three rushing attacks (both trail Auburn) meet you can be assured that the opposition will know what is coming. Both run versions of the triple option, so keeping the defense on their toes is a little more difficult than normal. Whoever runs the ball better will control the time of possession and wear down their opponent. If Navy does that the best then they will have a great shot to win.

2) Let Keenan Reynolds take over

Reynolds has been a one man wrecking crew at times this fall. On the season he has rushed for 1,124 yards, passed for 1,028 yards, and scored 34 total touchdowns. In their last game, a loss to then winless Hawaii, the Black Knights gave up 323 passing yards and 285 yards on the group. This is despite the fact that Hawaii came in to the game 113th in the nation in rushing.

Basically this is a total mismatch. Reynolds has the ability and the desire to totally have his way with the Army defense and beat them in whatever way he sees fit. If Ken Niumatalolo has his schemes right, and there is no reason to think that he won't, then Reynolds has all the tools to put up one of the best quarterback performances in the history of this storied game.

3) Turn Army over

The Black Knights have turned the ball over just 14 times all year, good for 13th in the country in that particular category. With Army only throwing the ball as a last resort the Mids are going to have to concentrate on stripping the ball in the tackle in the Army running game. Defenders will need to get their helmets on the ball, strip as second man in the tackle, and do everything else necessary to pry the pigskin loose. Navy is a better team than Army in 2013 and getting a turnover or two will very quickly put the Mids in the driver's seat.

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