Navy Football 2007 Crystal Ball

The schedule is out and there's no reason why Navy can't put together another winning season. Win another Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. Compete in another bowl game. Put up another win(s) over service academy rivals Air Force and Army.

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'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.
Running record: 1-0

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.
The prediction: Rutgers 27, Navy 17
Running record 1-1

Sept. 15: Ball State
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 ride.
The Duke football program is struggling and Navy will take advantage of the Blue Devils again.
The prediction: Navy 34, Duke 14
Running record: 3-1

Sept 29: Air Force
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 points.
The prediction: Hurt by turnovers, Navy loses a heartbreaker, 28-24
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 Bowl.
The prediction: Wake Forest 33, Navy 20
Running record: 4-3

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, Delaware 10
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, Navy 17
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 job.
The prediction: Navy 22, North Texas 13
Running record: 6-4

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.
The prediction: Navy 25, Northern Illinois 21
Running record: 7-4

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, Army 13
Running record: 8-4

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