Too bad the Midshipmen can't start the season today. Until then, we can break down and talk about Navy's schedule all we want. Here is GoMids.com's game-by-game prediction for the 2007 season.
Sept. 1: at Temple
The skinny: This should
prove to be one of Navy's easier season-openers in recent memory. Just as long
as the Midshipmen don't overlook the bumbling Owls.
Temple is 8-50 over the
last five seasons.
The prediction: The Midshipmen aren't exactly clicking on
ally cylinders, but....Navy 30, Temple 14.
Sept. 7: at Rutgers
The skinny: It won't be
quite as bad as last year, but Rutgers is still ahead of the Midshipmen. Rutgers
running back Ray Rice, a Heisman Trophy candidate, picks apart Navy's
inexperienced defense, rushing for 163 yards and two touchdowns.
prediction: Rutgers 27, Navy 17
Running record 1-1
The skinny: The
perfect home-opener: A very winnable game: Ball State played Michigan tough last year, but finished
5-7. Ball State won its last two games of the year.
The prediction: Navy 30,
Ball State 20
Running record: 2-1
Sept 22: Duke
The skinny: Everything should
go smoothly, as long as Duke doesn't bring the men's lacrosse team for the
The Duke football program is struggling and Navy will take advantage of
the Blue Devils again.
The prediction: Navy 34, Duke 14
Sept 29: Air
The skinny: Too bad we couldn't beat Fisher one more time.
But no biggee. A win over Air Force is a win over Air Force. The road to a fifth
straight CIC begins.
The prediction: It's never easy against Air Force. Navy
24, Air Force 20
Running record: 4-1
Oct. 13: at Pittsburgh
The skinny: This
could be the dogfight of the year. Pittsburgh is a tough and physical team. The
Panthers went 6-6 last year and you would think they will put a better product
on the field in 2007. Tough one to call. But home-field advantage is worth three
The prediction: Hurt by turnovers, Navy loses a heartbreaker,
Running record: 4-2
Oct. 20: Wake Forest
The skinny: The
toughest game on the schedule. Wake Forest, once an Atlantic Coast Conference
doormat, won the ACC title in 2006. The Demon Deacons lost to Louisville 24-13 in the Orange
The prediction: Wake Forest 33, Navy 20
Oct. 27: Delaware
The skinny: A nice little break
in the schedule. Division I-AA Delaware, potentially dangerous, went 5-6 last
year. No way the Midshipmen are falling to .500
The prediction: Navy 26,
Running record: 5-3
Nov. 3: at Notre Dame
The skinny: We all
know the stat all to well, Notre Dame has beaten the Midshipmen 43 times in row.
Once again, expect the Fighting Irish to be overhyped this fall. Still, Notre
Dame is too powerful for our proud Midshipmen.
The prediction: Notre Dame 28,
Running record: 5-4
Nov. 10: at North Texas
The skinny: A
team that is rebuilding. North Texas finished 3-9 last season and just hired a
new coach, Todd Dodge, 43. Dodge is widely respected as one of the nation's
most successful high school football coaches for his winning records at Carroll
High School in Southlake, Texas.
Former Army coach Todd Berry was also a candidate for
The prediction: Navy 22, North Texas 13
Nov. 17: Northern Illinois
The skinny: Kent State
would have been a much easier match-up for Navy. Northern Illinois is a winner
and went 7-6 last season, reaching the Poinsettia Bowl. The Midshipmen would
have walked over Kent State. Not Northern Illinois. This is a tough one.
prediction: Navy 25, Northern Illinois 21
Dec. 1: Army (in Baltimore)
The skinny: Can
you say six in a row? Fullback Adam Ballard
returns to the game and runs all over Army a la 2005. So much for the gap
between Army and Navy closing. Five CIC's in a row!
The prediction: Navy 27,
Running record: 8-4
Postseason: We'll take another shot at
Boston College in a bowl game. Details to follow.
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