Head to head: Navy vs. Air Force

Next up for Navy is Air Force. Today GoMids.com compares different critical team areas of Navy and Air Force and indicates which team has the edge.

Navy
AREA
Air Force
COMMENTS
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Navy rushing offense
vs.
Air Force rushing defense
 
Navy is No. 1 nationally in rushing at 360 yards a game. Fullback Eric Kettani is the man to watch for. He has rushed for almost 200 total yards over the last two games for Navy. Air Force has a solid defense, allowing only 98 yards a game to opponents on the ground. Linebacker Drew Fowler has 40 tackles already this year for Air Force.  
E  
Navy passing offense
vs.
Air Force passing defense
E  
Even. Navy's passing attack against Duke helped to increase their season per game passing over to just over 100 yards a game. However, Navy is still ranked dead last nationally in this category. Air Force gives up about 235 yards a game passing. There won't be much passing in this game.  
 
Air Force rushing offense
vs.
Navy rushing defense
X  
The Falcons ground out about 223 yards a game on the ground. Runningback Jim Ollis ran for 138 yards against a tough TCU team. Navy is yielding about 156 yards a game on the ground.  
 
Air Force passing offense
vs.
Navy passing defense
X  
Navy has allowed over 290 yards a game passing through their first four games. Wide receiver Chad Hill has caught 17 combined passes over the first four games for the Falcons.  
E  
Special Teams
E  
Even. Ryan Harrison has made 6 of 9 field goals for AFA. Harrison also averages 41 yards a punt. Air Force is 55th nationally in net punting (35.23 ypp). Navy is 101st nationally in net punting with a 31.50 yard per punt average. Joey Bullen made 2 field goals last week against Duke to lead Navy to a win.  
X  
Coaching
 
Paul Johnson is proven winner who is known for being able to pull out the big win versus rival service academies. First-year head coach Troy Calhoun has led the Falcons to an impressive 3-1 record, including the win over TCU.  

Prediction:

Navy 21
Air Force 20


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