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. 2 nationally in rushing at 340 yards a game. Shun White is the man to watch for Navy. He has rushed for almost 693 total yards this season. Air Force has a solid defense, allowing only 129 yards a game to opponents on the ground.  
 
Navy passing offense
vs.
Air Force passing defense
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Navy rarely passes but does get about 80 yards a game through the air. Air Force allows about 200 yards a game through the air good for 60th nationally.  
EVEN  
Air Force rushing offense
vs.
Navy rushing defense
EVEN  
The Falcons, like Navy, like to run and pick up an impressive 280 yards a game. Their workhorse is running back Kyle Lumpkin who averages 65 yards a game. The Falcons have 3 other backs that average around 50 or more yards a game. Navy has a very good rushing defense and shut down nationally ranked Wake Forest last week on the ground. Linebacker Clint Sovie is Navy's run stopper.  
EVEN  
Air Force passing offense
vs.
Navy passing defense
EVEN  
Navy's pass defense shined at Wake Forest last week, however, they have been torched most of the season to the tune of 275 yards a game. Navy is 108th nationally in passing defense. That said, Air Force's passing offense is ranked dead last in the bowl subdivision.  
EVEN  
Special Teams
EVEN  
Ryan Harrison has made 8 of 9 field goals this season for the Falcons. The Mids' Matt Harmon had also done well, connecting on 10 of 11 field goals for Navy. Most other special teams areas are about even also.  
EVEN  
Coaching
EVEN  
Air Force's Troy Calhoun is 12-5 in two seasons in Colorado. Navy's Ken Niumatalolo has Navy on a course for another bowl bid.  

Prediction:

Navy 24
Air Force 20


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