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Army looks to get back on track at Tulane
Posted By Donald Lappe On Oct 7 2010 @ 2:29 am In Army | No Comments
When and Where: 3:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Superdome.
Series History: 9-7-1 Tulane including a 17-16 win against Army in 2009.
Matchup: Army’s offense is so improved from a year ago, the numbers are staggering. Army currently ranks ninth in the nation in rushing yardage per game and is first overall in time of possession. The most important improvement is the touchdown total – after scoring 18 offensive touchdowns in 2009, the Black Knights have already scored 21 touchdowns in 2010.
Army is looking to get to 4-2 overall after winning five games all of last season. That would put the Black Knights two wins away from bowl eligibility for the first time since 1996.
Tulane comes into the game 2-2 this season, fresh off a 17-14 win over Rutgers. Tulane’s defense has given up a lot of yards this year and is allowing 26 points per game. They do make plays in the backfield and Army will have to avoid that Saturday. Negative plays can be detrimental to an option attack.
Offensively the Green Wave has not been particularly impressive. They rank 112th in the nation in total offense.
Player to Watch: FB Jared Hassin. Hassin has been utilized more on the edge and in the passing game the past few weeks. He will still see a lot of touches between the tackles, but look for him to make a big play or two in space and help Army break this game open.
Potential X-Factor: SB Raymond Maples. Maples has the speed to make big plays on the outside. We have seen Army methodically march the football down the field, and opponents must respect that now. This will give Army the chance to attack the outside and look to make big plays. Maples is capable of making those kinds of plays rushing and receiving. Look for Army to use him in an attempt to make a big play on offense.
Prediction: Army let last year’s game slip away. That defeat is fresh in their minds as is their homecoming loss to Temple last week, another game they feel they should have won. Truthfully, Army could easily be 5-0 heading into this game. As an Army fan it is difficult to be disappointed since the team has improved so much, even record-wise despite the two losses. This will be Tulane’s homecoming and I am sure Army would like to turn the tables this week and ruin their homecoming game.
Army 27, Tulane 10
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