Rutgers vs. Army West Point Game Preview, Prediction

    Both teams are playing out the string, but it’s an interesting local battle that could be entertaining. Army (2-8) is on a three-game losing streak, while

    November 17, 2015


    Both teams are playing out the string, but it’s an interesting local battle that could be entertaining. Army (2-8) is on a three-game losing streak, while Rutgers (4-7) has lost four straight. Check out the Rutgers vs. Army West Point game preview, prediction.

    Rutgers vs. Army Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, Nov. 21
    Game Time: 12:00 pm
    Venue: Michie Stadium, West Point, NY

    Network: CBS Sports Network

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    Why You Need To Care

    Army got the offense working a little bit over the last few weeks, but the defense hasn’t been able to come up with enough big moments and key stops to generate wins. The team hasn’t been miserable, but five losses by a touchdown or less have added up. This is it for a few weeks until the Navy showdown, but it would be nice to get a big win over a Big Ten team.

    Rutgers can’t get any sort of offense going. Will the team show up? Will it just be playing out the string? After losing four straight games and scoring 47 points during the stretch, there’s still a chance to close out with a decent record with a win here and a victory over Maryland.

    Why Rutgers Will Win

    The Rutgers run defense is good enough. It’s not easy to figure out or simulate the Army option attack, but it’s not as precise or efficient as, say, the Navy version. The teams that have run on the Scarlet Knights – Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State – did it with power, not quickness. The Rutgers linebackers are just good enough to keep Army to under 250 rushing yards.

    Why Army Will Win

    This isn’t an explosive enough Rutgers offense to put the game out of reach early on. No, Army probably isn’t going to run wild, but it should be just good enough to keep control of the game and not let the Scarlet Knights get into any sort of a groove – the game won’t get out of hand. Army’s biggest defensive problems have come against the decent passing teams. That’s not Rutgers.

    Player Who Matters

    Ahmad Bradshaw has to go off. The Army quarterback has been banged up and battered, but he has to become a factor on the ground with his first 100-yard running game since the second game of the year. He threw well in the loss to Tulane, and this week he has to keep the chains moving any way possible. Third down conversions will mean everything.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    It depends on how focused Rutgers is. If the defensive intensity is there, this could be a rough go for the Army offense. It’ll be a good battle for a while, but Rutgers will Big Ten up in the second half.

    Rutgers vs. Army Prediction

    Final Score: Rutgers 34, Army 20, Line: Rutgers -4.5, o/u: 54.5

    Must See Rating: 5: The Night Before – 1: Donny! … 2

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