Head to head: Navy vs. Army

Next up for Navy is Army (Saturday at noon, CBS). GoMids.com looks at different critical team areas of Navy and Army and indicates which team has the edge.

Navy
AREA
Army
COMMENTS
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Navy rushing offense
vs.
Army rushing defense
 
Navy's rushing offense is back on top of the nation in yardage gained. Shun White, Eric Kettani and others help the Mids pile up almost 300 yards per game on the ground. Army has a good rushing defense and slowed Navy some last year.  
 
Navy passing offense
vs.
Army passing defense
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Neither team passes much as both sit at the bottom of college football but Navy's passing attack is slightly more productive than Army. However, Army has a much better passing defense than Navy.  
EVEN  
Army rushing offense
vs.
Navy rushing defense
EVEN  
Army's Collin Mooney is one of the top fullbacks in the nation statistically, averaging over 110 yards per game but he is very fumble machine. Quarterback Chip Bowden picks about 50 yards a game. Navy's Ross Pospisil leads an good Mid run defense which sees the option everyday in practice and should be able to slow the Cadet running attack.  
X  
Army passing offense
vs.
Navy passing defense
 
Navy has seen a significant improvement in their pass defense this season. They are 88th nationally in passing defense after finishing 2007 ranked near the bottom of the FBS. The Cadets just don't pass much and are dead last in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). However, their backup quarterback Carson Williams is a throwback to their failed passing days and if he sees action look for their tactics to change quickly.  
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Special Teams
 
Navy has clearly superior punt return, kickoff return and punting games. Both teams have solid field goal kickers. Army's kicker Matthew Campbell has made 12 of 15 attempts. Matt Harmon has booted true on 15 of 17 field goals this year for Navy.  
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Coaching
 
Navy's Ken Niumatalolo is 7-5 and has the Mids headed to another both game. Army head coach Stan Brock is 6-17 in his second year at west Point and has the program headed nowhere.  

Prediction:

Navy 38
Army 10


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