America's game is upon us, meaning that the college football regular season is just about over. Despite the dearth of games today, Army and Navy should once again guarantee an entertaining matchup in the last game of the regular season.
These players should lead the charge in this game.
Passing: Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Neither of these triple-option teams will pass the ball often, but Navy should lead this game with hyper-efficient quarterback Keenan Reynolds.
For reference, Reynolds has a higher passer rating than Johnny Manziel, Geno Smith and Matt Barkley. Of course, this is just on 80 attempts, but it shows how deadly the Navy passing attack can be.
Reynolds might just attempt 10 passes today, but at least one or two of them will go for a big gain.
Prediction: 5-of-10 passing, 90 yards, 1 TD
Rushing: Trent Steelman, Army
Where Navy's quarterback is the better passer, Army quarterback Trent Steelman is one of the best running quarterbacks in the nation.
Leading his team with 1,152 yards, Steelman leads this run-heavy offense with toughness and efficiency. His consistency is also superb—Steelman has five straight 100-plus yard games on the ground.
Steelman should easily garner the most carries of any runner in this game. With his efficiency, he should turn those carries into some big yardage.
Prediction: 20 carries, 120 yards, 2 TDs
Receiving: Chevaughn Lawrence, Army
Chevaughn Lawrence exemplifies the run-heavy nature of this game. Lawrence leads Army in receiving yards with only 313 yards.
Despite the lack of regular passing, Lawrence should be able to make a big gain or two. When Army does pass, it targets Lawrence almost exclusively. Lawrence has nearly half of Army's receiving yards, showing how important he is to this offense.
At 6'3", Lawrence is the perfect fit for a triple-option offense. He has the size to win jump-ball battles and the speed to make opponents pay for biting on play-action.
What Lawrence will lack in volume, he will make up with in efficiency. That will be enough to make this big target a big performer in this game.
Prediction: 2 catches, 60 yards
Final Prediction—Navy 27, Army 20
While Army might have the more impressive statistical performances, Navy plays much better defense, which should be enough to win this game.