Navy to Play San Diego State in Bowl

The Mids were in the somewhat unique position entering the season of knowing exactly which bowl game they would be attending if they were eligible. Being an independent allowed for a specific bowl tie-in and the prospect of a holiday showdown in San Diego as long as Navy got to six wins. What the Mids did not know until yesterday was the name of their opponent in the Poinsettia Bowl.

It turns out that, though, the Mids will be traveling cross country for their later December date, their opponents will not be traveling at all. Navy will be taking on the home town San Diego State Aztecs on December 23rd in a rematch of the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl, a game the Mids lost 35-14.

San Diego is of course an ideal destination for Navy because there are so many service men and women in the area. With the problems San Diego State has had getting people to attend their games this fall, understandable to some degree as there is so much to do in San Diego, it will be interesting to see what percentage of the crowd is actually rooting for the Mids over the Aztecs.

Looking at common opponents from this fall gives an insight as to how this game might turn out. The Aztecs defeated Air Force, 30-14, and San Jose State, 38-7, while the Midshipmen lost to Air Force, 30-21, and defeated San Jose State, 41-31. Another interesting note is that all of the 7-5 Aztecs wins have come by double digits.

This game will be an interesting clash of the irresistible force and the unmovable object. Navy is obviously a team which lives and dies by the rushing attack with the Mids having rushed for almost 358 yards per game in 2014. San Diego State, however, has one of the top defensive units in the nation, ranking 14th in the country in points allowed (20.1) and 40th in rushing defense (145.6). They have also gone eight consecutive games without allowing 400 yards of total offense to an opponent, a benchmark figure in this era of up tempo, high scoring offensive units.

Whoever can get closer to their average number, offense versus defense, is going to be the team most likely to taste bowl game victory.

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