Ranking the Games on the Mids Schedule

I am sure someone once said that not all games are created equal, and that logic can certainly be applied to the Mids 2014 football schedule. In the last year of independence before shifting into the American Athletic Conference (AAC) for 2015, Navy has put together a full non-conference affiliated schedule for the last time for the foreseeable future.

With game times now announced, and with spring practice in the books, here is a look at just how excited each game should make you feel.

One Star<

VMI – The lone FCS school on the schedule shouldn't prove to be much more than a stroll in the early October afternoon.

Georgia Southern – This first year FBS squad will prove to be more of a threat than VMI, but the Mids should have enough to take down a scrappy opponent who took down Florida in their final game as an FCS team last fall.

At Texas State – This has the potential to be more interesting than it looks on paper. Texas State have a completely revamped n-huddle offense and are trying to do a lighter version of what you see at places like Oregon and Baylor. If it works, and that is a big if at this point, then this game could be fun.

At South AlabamaNavy crushed USA last fall, but this team was awfully close to being 10-2 as they failed in just about every one possession game they played. With quarterback Ross Metheny out of the picture though it will be interesting to see if the Jaguars can compete any better this time around.

Two Stars

At Temple – The Owls are not nearly as bad as they looked to be in September of last year and this game gets bumped up a level on the list as it is against a future AAC foe.

Western Kentucky – This is bumped up a line purely do to the revenge factor as Navy played their worst game pf 2013 in a 19-7 loss to the Hilltoppers. This fall Western Kentucky returns just three defensive starters and Navy will be looking to blow this one open early.

Rutgers – This game against the Scarlet Knight's actually pits the Mids against a team who have left the ACC for pastures new (Big 10). Rutgers has a whole chunk of their squad returning, but a move to the ultra-physical Big 10 is going to take its toll for this fall at least.

Three Stars

At Air Force – If it feels like Air Force is a program in regression that is because they are. The Falcon's defense has just been awful for the last two years (eight wins combined) and it is not hard to put forward a case where head coach Troy Calhoun is fighting for his job in 2014.

San Jose State – This has developed into a nice little series, and that game last year was an instant classic in a world where that phrase gets used way too often. If all world quarterback David Fales was returning (graduated) then this could easily be a four star match up.

Four Stars

Notre Dame – The gloss on the Notre Dame clash has been overshadowed a little by the game against Ohio State, but make no doubt about it this is still a very important fixture. The Irish may be vulnerable as they only return nine starters from last year, but they have recruited as well as ever and will get a big boost from the return to the program of quarterback Everett Golson

Five Stars

Army – I was tempted to make this a four star game as the Mids should again have far too much for an Army team who are in full transition mode with new head coach Jeff Monken at the helm. All that said though this is still Army vs Navy and the tradition makes it a must watch clash.

Ohio State (Baltimore) – The Mids get the best team on their schedule on opening day at the Ravens home field. We have seen in the past that these early season games are ripe for upsets. Keenan Reynolds is good enough to give the Buckeyes trouble, but will he get the support he needs to make this thing happen?

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