Prognosticators predict Navy football

With the release of Phil Steele's definitive preseason rankings this week, along with the Bowl Projections published by the Sporting News, it is like the powers that be wish to skip that regular season stuff and jump straight to Bowl Season.

As ridiculous as some of these projections may be though they certainly make for interesting debate and provide a talking point in these college football doldrums, so it is worth taking a look and seeing where these national media types are placing Navy in the college football world before the 2014 season kicks off.

We will start with Phil Steele's master rankings. After studying, computing, and prognosticating the college football guru has come to the conclusion that Navy is the 43rd ranked team in the country. Interestingly he only has two of the Mids opponents ranked higher, Ohio State (third) and Notre Dame (17th), meaning that if all this holds then Navy would be an upset (or two) away from a season for the ages.

Steele even goes as far as breaking down a team's individual units and Navy does well here in four categories. The Navy quarterbacks (or Keenan Reynolds if we are being technical) are ranked 29th, the running backs are ranked 39th, the offensive line is ranked 33rd, and the special teams are ranked 24th. The quarterback ranking is interesting because with over 120 teams in the FBS being ranked 20th is a massive achievement for a team with the Mids scholarship and recruiting challenges. Seeing the special teams unit ranked so high is also outstanding as for an upset to occur you are going to need excellent production out of your specialists.

If all goes to plan this year then according to the Sporting News the Mids will be playing in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl against Utah State. The way that the Mids bowl tie-in works in 2014 means that unless they are able to make a BCS game, and they would have to be undefeated to do so, then they need six wins to get into this game against a Mountain West Opponent. Of note is that the Aggies had quarterback Chuckie Keeton named to the all-Mountain West first-team by Steele last week.

This is the last time for a while where Navy will be in a one bowl game situation. With American Athletic Conference affiliation will come a whole host of perks, including the ability to go to different bowls and play teams from different conferences. In 2015 for example the options will included the BBVA Compass Bowl (SEC), Military Bowl (ACC), and the Armed Forces Bowl (Big XII).

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