The date: Sept. 2
The opponent: at East Carolina
The skinny: First-year coach Skip Holtz led East Carolina to a 5-6 record last season. He inherited a team that had three wins in its last 25 games. East Carolina may very well become bowl-eligible in 2006, but Navy still has too much for the Pirates.
The prediction: Navy 28, East Carolina 17
The opponent: Massachusetts
The skinny: Massachusetts is a Division I-AA power that opened last season 6-1, finishing 7-4, but the Minutemen lose three key players: safety Shannon James, running back R.J. Cobbs and defensive end Keron Williams. All three have signed NFL free agent contracts.
The prediction: Navy 38, UMass 10
The opponent: at Stanford
The skinny: Stanford edged Navy 41-38 in Annapolis last year. Expect Stanford to be improved this fall. The Midshipmen will be yet to be clicking on all cylinders at this point of this season.
The prediction: Stanford 28, Navy 24
The opponent: Tulsa
The skinny: Tulsa may be one of the best kept secrets in college football. The Conference USA school went 9-4 last year and beat Fresno State 31-24 in the Liberty Bowl. Tulsa returns 17 starters from last season. A great test for the Midshipmen early. Expect a dogfight.
The prediction: Navy 27, Tulsa 21
The opponent: at Connecticut
The skinny: UConn could come into this game a confident 3-0, after wins over Rhode Island, Indiana and Wake Forest. Navy overcomes a 17-14 halftime deficit to pull out the win.
The prediction: Navy 27, UConn 24
The opponent: at Air Force
The skinny: Two words: Joey Bullen. Make it a fourth consecutive three-point victory for Navy over Air Force. Bullen wins it on a 36-yard field goal in the final minute.
The prediction: Navy 24, Air Force 21
The opponent: Rutgers
The skinny: Navy is a better team than Rutgers. Navy was a better team than Rutgers last year when the Midshipmen lost to the Scarlet Knights 31-21. But, oh, the letdown after the big Air Force win.
The prediction: Rutgers 23, Navy 21
The opponent: Notre Dame (in Baltimore)
The skinny: Notre Dame beat Navy 42-21 last year to extend its NCAA-record winning streak over the Midshipmen to 42. The Fighting Irish could make a run at the national championship in 2006 and return quarterback Brady Quinn, a Heisman Trophy candidate.
The prediction: Notre Dame 35, Navy 21
The opponent: at Duke
The skinny: Navy begins clicking on all cylinders and coming together. Duke won a game last year and will be at the bottom of the ACC again this fall.
The prediction: Navy 30, Duke 13
The opponent: at Eastern Michigan
The skinny: Navy continues easily through the softest part of the schedule and begins to look ahead - just a bit - at Army.
The prediction: Navy 30 Eastern Michigan 10
The opponent: Temple
The skinny: Temple has a new coach (Al Golden) and a new attitude. But this is still Temple, a team Navy struggled to beat last year. The Owls have won three games in three years.
The prediction: Navy 27, Temple 7
The opponent: Army
The skinny: Another year, another blowout. That's been the storyline the last four years during the Army-Navy Classic. Navy has outscored its service academy rival 176-54 over the past four years. There may not be a blowout in Philadelphia this year, but Navy will win and take home another Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.
The prediction: Navy 27, Army 17
Are you fully subscribed to GoMids.com? Sign up today and get the full scoop on Navy football. Click HERE to find out more.