This is a game that Army ought to win.
|Army: The Black Knights|
Annectdotally speaking, Army continues to move the ball well, even against good teams. However, even in this past game when I thought Army's offense played well, we still saw a crucial quarterback fumble at the start of the second half. Yes, the team was outmatched overall, but Rice scored on the next play, and it was this sequence which really ended any chance of an Army comeback. Army let Rice receivers go uncovered across the middle of the field several times last week, and Rice made them pay.
Bottom line, I'm sure Coach Monken felt he had issues to correct in this week's team meetings.
Kent State comes into this week's game at 0-6. Their key stat is 11.8, which is the average number of points the Golden Flashes are scoring per game. That's good for 127th in FBS football, and no, you can't win if you only score eleven points per game. Kent State has lost close games to South Alabama and Northern Illinios, but they've been beaten badly by most everybody else, including a blowout loss last week to UMass. Quarterback Colin Reardon is 118/216 (54.6%) for 1,227 yards, 6 TDs, and 8 INTs. This is a little misleading, though, because he went 30/41 (73%) in Kent State's opener but hasn't been above 55% completion rate since. Moreover, UMass snapped a 12-game losing streak to beat Kent State last week. Ouch.
This week's game is on the CBS Sports Network, and Army will wear the 3rd Infantry Division patch. Hooah! I'll be watching.