Navy will look to extend their 11 game win streak over Army in the 114th meeting between the military rivals on Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
The Midshipmen hold a 57-49-7 stranglehold on the all-time series thanks to their astounding run, and with Army achieving a 3-8 record including four straight losses to end the year, a 12th straight win might be on the horizon. The Black Knights didn’t earn a bowl berth, and suffered their third straight losing season.
Navy will play Middle Tennessee State in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30, their 10th bowl game appearance in the last 11 years, though the Midshipman have gone 3-6 in the bowl games in the same span, the last victory coming in 2009.
Sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds has led the Midshipmen charge, totaling 1,124 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns, and passing for another 1,028 yards and eight scores. In the thrilling 58-52 triple overtime victory over San Jose State two weeks ago, Reynolds set a new NCAA record with seven rushing touchdowns.
“(We have to) control their quarterback because he can make plays with his legs, he can make plays with his arms and he can make plays with what’s between his ears,” Army head coach Rich Ellerson said to the program's official website. “He is a very competent, cool and calm operator. He sees the game very well and keeps them out of bad situations. He takes care of the football team very well. He is not out there just making plays. He is running their offense and distributing the ball.
Navy pounded opposing defenses for 320.1 rushing yards per game this season, the third best mark in the country, just behind second ranked Army.
The Black Knights spread the ball around to several rushers this season, led by junior running back Terry Baggett’s 1,072 yards and eight touchdowns, followed by junior Larry Dixon’s tallied 672 yards and six scores. Quarterback Angel Santiago has also balanced his 542 passing yards with 553 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.
Betting Odds: Navy favored by 13 points
Over/Under: 52 points
Time: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Line Online Details: CBS Sports online
Prediction: Navy 37, Army 20