Head to head: Navy vs. Hawai'i

Next up for Navy is Hawai'i. GoMids.com compares different critical team areas of Navy and Hawai'i and indicates which team has the edge.

NAVY
EDGE
AREA
Hawai'i
EDGE
COMMENTS
 
Navy rushing offense
vs.
Hawai'i rushing defense
 
The third ranked rushing attack travel to Honolulu after a week off. Ricky Dobbs has 22 rushing touchdowns. Vince Murray looks to return from injury after rushing for 589 yards and 4 touchdowns in his last 4 games. The Warriors are ranked 103rd against the run, giving up an average of 188.6 yards per game.  
EVEN  
Navy passing offense
vs.
Hawai'i passing defense
EVEN  
The Midshipmen have gone back to a more efficient, big play dependent type of passing attack. Dobbs was 2 of 3 for 56 yards and a touchdown against Notre Dame and 4 of 6 for 78 yards against Delaware. The downside of this style is with limited chances the need to connect is heightened. Warrior safety Mana Silva (6-1, 220, Jr.) has 6 interceptions on the season.  
 
Hawai'i rushing offense
vs.
Navy rushing defense
 
The Warriors do not run often, but when they do Leon Wright-Jackson (6-1, 215, Sr.) and Alex Green (6-2, 220, Jr.) get the bulk of the carries. Wright-Jackson has 465 yards and 7 touchdowns on 64 carries while Green has 437 yards and 2 touchdowns on 77 carries. The Midshipmen have been steady against the run this season, ranking 50th giving up an average of 133.9 yards per game.  
 
Hawai'i passing offense
vs.
Navy passing defense
 
The Warriors have used 3 different starting quarterbacks this season. Greg Alexander (6-4, 240, Sr.) started the first 4 games before being injured. Bryant Moniz (6-0, 190, So.) started the next 6 games and Shane Austin (6-0, 200, So.) started the last game at San Jose State. Either Moniz or Austin could start and both are expected to play. No matter who plays quarterback, their number 1 target will be Greg Salas (6-2, 200, Jr.). Salas has 93 receptions for 1,412 yards and 8 touchdowns. He averages 128.4 receiving yards per game. The Midshipmen's pass defense has been solid, but Salas is on the level of Golden Tate and Michael Floyd.
EVEN  
Special Teams
EVEN  
Scott Enos (5-9, 180, Jr.) has converted all 30 PAT attempts this season. He has been far less successful with field goals making only 10 of 17, having 2 blocked. Starting receiver Jovonte Taylor (5-9, 170, Jr.) is 4th in the WAC in kickoff return average while reserve receiver Ryan Henry (5-9, 170, Jr.) is 3rd in punt return average. Navy has skyrocketed to 20th in net punting but still languishes in 119th in kickoff returns.  
 
Coaching
 
UH Head coach Greg McMackin is in his second season after serving as defensive coordinator under June Jones. His current overall record is 12-13. Coach Niumatalolo improved to 16-9 with the Senior Day victory over Delaware.  
 
Intangibles
 
The Midshipmen finally get a bye week, but have to travel the 4,861 miles to play in Honolulu. No team may be better adept at making such a trip, but it is still an undertaking. The Warriors season has been on of streaks, winning the first two then losing the next six and finally winning the last three. The Warriors need two more victories to become bowl eligible, but with Wisconsin coming in next week that might be too large an undertaking.  


PREDICTION: Navy 31, Hawai'i 20

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