Annual Army Navy Game
The annual Army versus Navy football game is considered to be one of the better rivalry games in college football. The Midshipmen have won eight straight of these games by an average of twenty seven points. Both Army and Navy have had successful seasons and will be playing in bowl games. Army will be playing against Southern Methodist University in the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at 11am CST on December 30th. ESPN will be televising the game. Navy will be playing in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl against San Diego State at 7pm CST and will also be shown by ESPN.
Army has a 6-5 record and will be playing in a bowl game for the first time since the 1996 Independence Bowl. They lost by three points to Auburn in that game. The Black Knights have a long football history dating back to 1890 and in that time period they have played in a total of five bowl games. They rank in the top ten in team rushing yards per game this season averaging 260.3 per game. Army has not played well this season against teams with winning records. They are 0-4 in those games and have lost by an average of just over thirteen points per game.
Navy enters Saturdays game with an 8-3 record. The Midshipmen are fifth in the country when it comes to running the football. They average 302.5 yards on the ground per game. In five games against teams with winning records they notched three wins. They are outscoring their opponents by an average margin that is just under nine points each outing. They are led on the field by senior quarterback Ricky Dobbs. Dobbs has provided a dual threat that has enabled Navy to win eight of the eleven games they have played this season. He has passed for 1,194 yards and 10 touchdowns and he has 806 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground.
Recent history has shown Navy winning big in these games. I do not see that trend coming to a stop. Navy should win this game by at least two touchdowns if not more.
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