The first of our game week preview articles on the Mids opponents this season will be a quick snapshot of their team, how the season has gone to date and other relevant information. This will, of course, be followed with a three keys article later in the week and the two pieces combined will give an even better breakdown of just what Navy will be facing on the following Saturday. The first of our first look articles this year will be on Fordham.
Season so far
As this is the first week of the season for both teams there us obviously nothing to look back at yet regarding Fordham's form for the season. What we can do however is take a look at what the Rams bring to the game from last season. Fordham was a very solid 9-3 in 2015 with a win over FBS Army on the opening day being the highlight. The Rams return 18 starters and 58 letter winners from that roster, so this team is going to be deep and experienced making it a tough match up for the youth of Navy.
Injuries and Suspensions
Opening day means that coaches generally have entire rosters to pick from. Players who were banged up after spring practice have had time to get healthy, while though carrying knocks into the summer and fall camp have been on limited reps to get them ready for gameday. There are no big injuries on the Fordham sideline and this will be the freshest and healthiest players from both teams will be from now until the end of December.
The opening game is always going to be a different and unique challenge. Navy has an especially difficult challenge this season based on the sheer number of players that have been lost from last year's record-setting team. Losing All-World quarterback Keenan Reynolds is obviously a major issue, but Tago Smith has shown enough in flashes to suggest he will be fine against FCS and low to mid-BCS competition. It will, of course, be an entirely new backfield for Navy with Chris Swain also trying to make an NFL roster in 2016.
While losing the skill position players hurts, it is up-front where Navy faces the biggest challenge in week 1. The Mids graduated all five offensive line starters, something rarely seen in college football. The Navy offense only works if the line is winning its battle, and with the complex schemes and systems run under the triple-option banner, it is anyone's guess how well the new five will hold up on opening day.