The start of a new College football season always brings a certian level of excitment. This year of course will be no exception especially in the state of Maryland.
A rivalry that does not get renewed enough will take place at M&T Bank Stadium when the Terps play the Mids. Both programs have a storied football past but unfortunately not with each other.
Navy and Maryland first met on the football field in 1905 with Navy scoring the victory 17-0. Navy dominated the early years against Maryland in fact the Terps did not score a point until their 6th game against the Midshipmen.
Navy and Maryland played off and on until the incident in the 1964 game between the two. Maryland player Jerry Fishman flipped off the Brigade of Midshipmen, the next year 1965 was the last time they played until 2005.
A lot has changed in this rivalry and even though these two havent played each other a lot the bad blood is there and bragging rights are on the line.
So no reason to wait any longer here are the reasons Navy will beat Maryland on Labor Day.
Now it would be dumb of me to say that Navy wants payback from losing in the 2005 game. Neither team has anybody on their team from that 2005 game. However payback comes in many other forms.
After the 2005 game between Maryland and Navy these teams could have faced numerous times. In 2006 Maryland declined an offer to face Navy in the Meineke Car Care Bowl but decided to play in the Champs Sports Bowl. The reason Maryland gave was the players preference to play in a warmer city.
In 2008 again Navy was slated to play an ACC school in the EagleBank Bowl which was in DC. This time Maryland said too many players had exams, in which Navy AD Chet Cladchuk responed "Everybody has exams....but we are showing up".
So it looks like Maryland was ducking Navy, not saying they are but try telling that to Navy fans. These Bowl Game snubs were taken so personally that Navy almost cancelled the 2010 meeting.
The staple of Navy football is the vaunted Triple option attack. Teams could have an enitre year to prepare and Navy would still run wild. Just to show here are the last few season rushing totals.
Every year they finished in the top 3 in the country in rushing yardage. You could argue Navy uses the triple option because of lack of talent in the skill positions, but it takes discipline to run this offense affectively.
Every game for Navy hinges on how well they run the triple option. Falling behind is also not an option (pardon the pun) if they want to beat Maryland.
Navy is by no means a football powerhouse but no one can ever question how hard they play. Facing some of college footballs best teams and for the most part they give them a run for their money, here are a few examples.
2009 Season Opener vs. Ohio State---Navy opened the season at the number 6 team in the nation. The Buckeyes had a 20-7 and 23-14 lead in the game. Navy didnt give up and lost by 4 31-27.
November 7, 2009 vs. Notre Dame---Everyone knows about the 43 year streak the Irish had over Navy but recently things have turned in Navys favor. In this game Navy never trailed and won over # 21 Notre Dame 23-21.
Texas Bowl vs. Missouri---Missouri was the third best team Navy faced in 2009 and most predicted a close game in the Texas Bowl. After trailing early Navy rolled over the Tigers to a 35-13 win.
Navy plays well in big game atmospheres and when they take the field vs. Maryland it will feel like a Bowl game, like the ones they should have played in 2006 and 2008.
Its almost a shame that Ricky doesnt play for a bigger program, only because then more people would know and appreciate the talent of Dobbs. But then again its been a lot of fun watching number 4 in the Navy Blue and Gold.
Dobbs like every Navy quarterback before him has run the option to perfection. The main difference with Dobbs is his arm, Dobbs may very well be the best passer for Navy in the last 10 years or so. Ricky also set the record for most rushing TDs for a quarterback with 27, a record Tim Tebow held.
Navy do have capable backups for Dobbs however without Dobbs Navy's chances are shot.
This seems so obvious but if you look at the two teams Navy is just flat out better than Maryland right now. Navy is coming off a 10 win season and a 7th straight bowl game, while the Terps were 2-10 last year.
Some key games last year for both teams, Maryland First. For Maryland most games were very forgettable, Maryland had to go to overtime against James Madison to win. And for the second straight year they lost to Middle Tennessee State this time at home, and no thats not a misprint. Maryland would end the year losing seven in a row.
Navy, I already went over some of their key games so how about this, They have 15 of 22 starters returning from last years 10 win team. Navy has not skipped a beat since Ken Niumatalolo took over for Paul Johnson so why assume a drop this season.
Navy does not have the talent than many teams in the nation have ill admit that but nobody works better as a team than Navy does.
Navy will be ready and for all the Maryland fans hopefully the Terps will be to.
So thats why i think Navy will win against Maryland. This is my first article/slideshow so please feel free to comment. Give me a reason that I missed or if your a Maryland feel free to add why you think im wrong.