Head to head: Navy vs. Ball State

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

Navy
AREA
Ball State
COMMENTS
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Navy rushing offense
vs.
Ball State rushing defense
 
Easy. Navy averages over 500 yards offense a game. Shun White was unstoppable against Towson last week.  
EVEN  
Navy passing offense
vs.
Ball State passing defense
EVEN  
Navy rarely passes but when they do it can be deadly. B.J. Hill of Ball State is 40th in the nation in interceptions per game. He won't get too many opportunities against Navy.  
EVEN  
Ball State rushing offense
vs.
Navy rushing defense
EVEN  
Ball State's MiQuale Lewis rushed for 161 yards in last year's overtime win over Navy; he's back. Navy's run defense looked much improved in last week's opening game. Navy linebacker Clint Sovie is the run stopper for the Navy defense.  
 
Ball State passing offense
vs.
Navy passing defense
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Navy allowed over 300 yards passing in last week's win over Football Championship SUbdivision member Towson. Ball State quarterback Nate Davis completed 4 touchdown passes and ran for another in the BSU win last year. Rashawn King leads the Navy secondary.  
EVEN  
Special Teams
EVEN  
Ian McGarvey made 2 of 2 field goals in Ball State's 48-14 victory over Northeastern. Navy's Matt Harmon was successful on 2 of 3 field goal attempts against Towson. Both teams have decent punters. In last year's game Ball State blocked a field goal attempt in overtime to seal their victory over the Mids.  
EVEN  
Coaching
EVEN  
Brady Hoke is 23-37 as head coach at Ball State. Ken Niumatalolo (1-1) picked up his first victory as Navy's head coach last week against Towson. These are two solid young coaches who will go far in their careers.  

Prediction:

Navy 31
Ball State 28


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