Stanford vs. Army: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

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Stanford vs. Army: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
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After winning the Rose Bowl last season, Stanford didn't miss a beat this year, defeating San Jose State in its opener, 34-13.

Now, the No. 5 Cardinal take on Army in West Point.

Stanford held San Jose State to 251 yards of total offense in Week 1, sacking quarterback David Fales four times and limiting the Spartans to just 35 rushing yards on 23 carries.

Stanford's run defense will come in handy against Army. The Black Knights rank 10th in the nation in yards per game and 13th in yards per carry. They've run 106 rushing plays while throwing the ball just 28 times.

Who will win this battle of will power?

Read on.

*All statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com

 

When: Saturday, Sept. 14 at 12 p.m. ET

Where: Michie Stadium, West Point, NY

Watch: CBS Sports Network

Betting Line (via Covers.com): Stanford -30

 

Stanford Injuries (via USA Today)

Out: No injuries to report

Questionable: RB Ryan Hewitt (Knee)

Probable: No injuries to report

 

Army Injuries (via USA Today)

Out: CB Marques Avery (Shoulder)

Questionable: LB Justin Trimble (Ankle)

Probable: No injuries to report

 

Top Storyline: Will Army's Rushing Attack Make a Dent in the Stanford Defense?

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Army's offense revolves around its running game. The Black Knights are averaging 329 rushing yards per contest this season, led by junior running back Larry Dixon (220 yards, two touchdowns) and dual-threat quarterback Angel Santiago (157 yards, three touchdowns).

Unfortunately for Army, Stanford is a nightmare matchup for its offense. Under David Shaw, the Cardinal ranked ninth in the nation in yards per carry allowed last season. That included ranking first in tackles for loss (124).

That being said, Army coach Rich Ellerson likes his team's chances on the ground against the Cardinal, given Stanford hasn't seen Army's triple-option offense yet.

Ellerson noted, via ESPN.com:

They have not seen our style of play. Obviously, we have the advantage of reading and having finesse with some guys, but you have to block somebody. You still have to run, you still have to make some guys miss, throw the ball, catch and get open.

Look for Stanford's Ed Reynolds in this one. The senior safety racked up 12 tackles and one interception against San Jose State.

 

Prediction: Stanford 45, Army 13

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Who will win on Saturday?

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While Army may have a dangerous rushing attack this season, David Shaw's men simply know how to defend the run. They are talented, physical and well-coached.

Army should be able to cut a little bit into Stanford's defense, but the Cardinal are too disciplined to get confused by the triple-option.

Meanwhile, given Army allowed 40 points to Ball State in Week 2, I find it hard to believe that the home team will be able to stop Stanford's offense in its tracks. 

Stanford will cruise to its second win of the season, while Army will fall to 1-2.

 

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