Head to head: Navy vs. Rutgers

Next up for Navy is Rutgers on Friday night. GoMids.com compares different critical team areas of Navy and Rutgers and indicates which team has the edge.

Navy
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Rutgers
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Navy rushing offense
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Rutgers rushing defense
 
Navy is currently ranked No. 3 nationally in rushing offense. Shun White had 122 yards rushing last week at Temple. Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada added another 102. Will Navy rush for over 300 yards against Rutgers? Probably not but don't be surprised to see the Mids rack up 200 or more. Senior center Antron Harper and tackle Andrew McGinn lead the Mid's veteran offensive line. Rutgers defensive tackle Eric Foster earned first-team All-American honors after the 2006 sason.  
 
Navy passing offense
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Rutgers passing defense
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Navy just doesn't pass much. The Mids completed just three passes last week against Temple.  
 
Rutgers rushing offense
vs.
Navy rushing defense
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Ray Rice is one of America's top college runningbacks. He went for 184 yards and three touchdowns against Buffalo last week. You'll be seeing him on Sundays some day. Navy's defense is young and still learning.  
 
Rutgers passing offense
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Navy passing defense
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Rutgers wide receiver Tiquan Underwood is one of the top wide receivers in college football. He set a Big East record for receiving yardage (248) in the Scarlet Knights opening 38-3 victory over Buffalo. Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel is one of the most efficient quarterbacks in college ball. Cornerback Ketric Buffin is a player to watch in the Navy secondary.  
 
Special Teams
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Senior place kicker Jeremy Ito became Rutgers' all-time leader in scoring and field goals. Rutgers is ranked fifth nationally in kickoff returns. The Mids have played 126 games without returning a punt for a touchdown, the second-longest streak in the country. Navy place kicker Matt Harmon made 3 field goals against Temple last week.  
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Coaching
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Even. Two outstanding coaches who have built winning programs from losing ones will be facing each other on Friday night.  

Prediction:

Rutgers 27
Navy 13


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