NO. 25 ARMY (9-2) VS. NAVY (3-8)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - INSIDE - Ed­die Ti­manus

When: Satur­day, Dec. 8, 3 p.m. ET, CBS

Where: Lin­coln Fi­nan­cial Field,


The game: This is the 119th meet­ing, and Navy holds a 60-51-7 lead, in large part to a 14-game win­ning streak from 2002 to 2015. But the pen­du­lum has be­gun to swing back to­ward the Black Knights un­der head coach Jeff Monken. Army, ranked No. 25 in the Amway Coaches Poll, can clinch its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive 10-win sea­son with their third win in a row in the se­ries. The dis­par­ity in the records should not be taken as an in­di­ca­tion of a mis­match. Navy’s 34-7 win in 2013 is the only one of the last seven se­ries meet­ings de­cided by more than a touch­down. Both acad­e­mies use op­tion-based of­fenses. The lead­ing ground gainer for Army is se­nior full­back Dar­nell Wool­folk, who has 823 rush­ing yards and 14 TDs. Quar­ter­back Kelvin Hop­kins has 783 yards and 10 scor­ing runs, and he has also thrown for an ef­fi­cient 895 yards and six TDs. Navy’s best weapon is junior QB Mal­colm Perry, who has rushed for 1,035 yards and has ex­cel­lent speed in the open field. He’s not as ef­fec­tive when he has to throw, so Gar­ret Lewis some­times takes the reins when the team is in come­back mode. De­fen­sive lead­ers in­clude LBs James Nachti­gal and Cole Chris­tiansen for the Black Knights and Navy LBs Taylor He­flin and Hud­son Sul­li­van.


Army se­nior run­ning back Dar­nell Wool­folk leads the Black Knights with 823 rush­ing yards and 14 touch­downs this sea­son.

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