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NCAA Bowl Previews 2015/16: Military Bowl

Day 6 of Bowl Season produced 6 great games with a mixture of strong offense, defense and special teams. The Navy Midshipmen and the Pittsbu


Day 6 of Bowl Season produced 6 great games with a mixture of strong offense, defense and special teams. The Navy Midshipmen and the Pittsburgh Panthers will be looking to carry that standard over into Day 7. The Navy Midshipmen bulldozed to a 10-2 season this year and picked up their 14th straight win in the Army-Navy Game. They’ll be looking to ride the momentum from that win to win their 3rd straight bowl game and their 10th in program history. Navy’s success is focused around a very, very dangerous ground game. Their total offense (57th in the FBS) and passing offense (127th in the FBS) stats don’t portray how dangerous this team is. They rank 3rd in rushing offense (319 RYG) and they put up plenty of points too, they average 36.2 points per game (PPG), which is 25th in the FBS. Defensively they aren’t too bad either, they rank 43rd in total yards allowed (367 YPG), 74th in passing (229 PYG), 32nd in rushing (138.4 RYG) and 26th in scoring (21.3 PPG). Their success on the gound is largely thanks to QB Keenan Reynolds. Though Reynolds is the Midshipmen’s play-caller, he is playing in the East-West Shrine Game as a running back. At 5’11”, 195lbs he doesn’t possess ideal running back size, but he has been unbelievably productive. He is the all-time leader for FBS Division 1 rushing touchdowns with 85 and is 217 yards behind Denard Robinson’s – whose path he’ll be looking to emulate – record for QB career rushing yards. Along with Reynolds, Chris Swain (FB) and Bernard Sarra (DT) will be looking to impress in their final games for the Navy. Unfortunately, all of these guys are a long shot to play in the NFL, as upon graduation they are commissioned to the Navy or Marine Corps and must serve for a minimum of 5 years. Though arrangements can be made to allow them to play in the NFL, they are very rare. The Panthers on the other hand are looking to rebound from a loss in their regular season finale as well as getting back in the Bowl win column in their 8th straight Bowl game. They’ll also try to gut out a win in honour of star RB James Conner who is battling Hodgkin lymphoma and a torn MCL. Unlike Navy, Pitt’s success doesn’t come from the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, they rank 27th in total defense (344 YPG), 58th in passing (218.2 PYG), 20th in rushing (126.1 RYG) and tied at 49th in scoring (24.6 PPG). Offensively, they rank just 78th in total offense (381 YPG), 95th in passing (195.1 PYG), 46th in rushing (186 RYG) and 69th in scoring (28.3 PPG). Looking to follow in the footsteps of Larry Fitzgerald is junior WR Tyler Boyd. In what could be his final game, Boyd will look to make as big an impact in as many areas as possible. Though he has an average size/speed profile, he has always produced thanks to his detail-oriented play. He has great hands – though he sometimes struggles with focus drops – and very, very keen hand/eye coordination. He runs clean routes and uses little details to separate from DBs. He has had at least 78 catches every year he has played and has 3308 yards and 21 touchdowns in his three seasons. Along with Boyd, CB Lafayette Pitts, TE J.P. Holtz, LB Ejuan Price, DT Darryl Render, C Artie Rowell and LB Nicholas Grisby are looking to go out with a bang. If you want to watch this game, or any of the other bowl games, the complete Bowl schedule can be found here, where you’ll be able to see how and when you can watch every game.  

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

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