It’s a big week for some AAC teams as well as Army.
Army hosts Temple and a win would make the Black Knights bowl eligible for back to back years for the first time since 1984-85.
UCF goes to Annapolis to take on the Midshipmen of Navy, both offenses have shown they are capable of putting up points, but no one has put up more than the Knights, who average 50.6 points a game. Navy has their guy in QB Zach Abey, who is fourth in the nation in rushing with 1,016 yards.
Lastly, USF has an important game against Tulane as they try to become the best team in the AAC again. The Green Wave are no pushover though, beating Army and scoring 62 points on Tulsa.
The key to all of these great starts to the season have been the quarterbacks. Ahmad Bradshaw and Zach Abey are in the top ten in the nation in rushing yards (818 and 1,016 respectively). They each run the triple option and make it look easy, they almost always make the right reads.
Bradshaw doesn’t turn the ball over either, Abey has four lost fumbles on the year and four interceptions. Surprisingly having eight turnovers from their QB hasn’t hurt Navy all that bad as they are sitting pretty at 5-1.
UCF has the best QB in the AAC in McKenzie Milton. He is leading UCF’s first 5-0 start since going D-1. Milton has thrown 15 touchdowns (he only threw 10 all of last year) and only has two interceptions through five games.
On top of that, he’s only been sacked twice. That’s more of a shoutout to his o-line but that means he doesn’t panic under pressure and doesn’t throw into traffic with only two interceptions.
Best PPG margin in FBS:
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USF has a great QB too, Quinton Flowers has led the Bulls to a 6-0 start. Flowers has 1118 yards, ten touchdowns, and two interceptions on the year. The Bulls have started slow multiple times this year but once Flowers gets rolling, the game is over, it’s a Flowers take over.
USF better not sleep on the Green Wave, Army learned that the hard way. They have an option attack that can be very dangerous. The spread is USF -11.5, I’m no gambling expert but I would take Tulane to cover, if I could you know… legally gamble. USF will still win, they have too much firepower for Tulane to handle.
USF 42-Tulane 35
UCF/Navy will be a great game to watch, if my homecoming wasn’t the same day, I’d be glued to the TV watching it.
Each team has the offense to score, I give UCF the edge though. Where UCF has a huge edge is on the defensive side of things, they give up 16.8 points a game and are one of the best in the nation.
Navy’s defense gives up 28 points a game, they have to rely on the offense to outscore the other team, while UCF doesn’t always have to score 30+(they have in every game so far though) to win a game. They can rely on the defense to win them a game.
UCF 49- Navy 42
Can Army get to a bowl game? Temple is no easy win, even with a loss to UConn.
Army will need to hold onto the ball, in both possession, and lack of turnovers, if they want to beat the Owls.
Look for Army RB Kell Walker to have another huge game, in his last two games he has 242 yards and four touchdowns on only 24 carries, that’s 10.08 yards per carry.
After Saturday, Army will be going to a bowl game after winning a close, hard-fought game.
Army 28- Temple 17