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NAVY FIRST LOOK: SMU

The Navy Midshipmen host SMU on Saturday. Here is your first look at the Mustangs.

SEASON SO FAR (5-3, 3-3 AAC)

Date Opponent Score
09/02/2017 SFA W 58-14
09/09/2017 North Texas W 54-32
09/16/2017 at TCU L 56-36
09/23/2017 Arkansas St. W 44-21
09/30/2017 UConn W 49-28
10/07/2017 at Houston L 35-22
10/21/2017 at Cincinnati W 31-28 (1OT)
10/27/2017 Tulsa W 38-34
11/04/2017 UCF L 31-24

STAT COMPARISON

NAVY OFF PPG 32.5 39.6 SMU OFF PPG
NAVY DEF PPG 29.1 31.0 SMU DEF PPG
NAVY TOTAL OFF 457.1 505.0 SMU TOTAL OFF
NAVY PASSING OFF 111.0 315.8 SMU PASSING OFF
NAVY RUSHING OFF 346.1 189.2 SMU RUSHING OFF
NAVY TOTAL DEF 408.1 459.1 SMU TOTAL DEF
NAVY PASSING DEF 242.3 292.9 SMU PASSING DEF
NAVY RUSHING DEF 165.9 166.2 SMU RUSHING DEF
NAVY TO MARGIN -0.88 1.33 SMU TO MARGIN
NAVY MASSEY COMP& 44 42 SMU MASSEY COMP

& The Massey Composite Ratings are compiled from 98 different college football ratings and rankings.

INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS

Date Pos Player Injury Status
11/05/17 OL Nick Natour Leg is "?" Saturday vs. Navy
11/03/17 DL Dimarya Mixon Knee is out indefinitely
08/20/17 OL Braylon Hyder Left Team out for season
08/20/17 OL Jerry Saena Left Team out for season

Source: donbest.com

CHALLENGES

SMU’s head coach is Chad Morris, who is considered an offensive genius. Previously the offensive coordinator at Auburn, Morris’ team is currently gaining over 500 yards per game. If ever there was a game where the Mids needed for their option attack to click like clockwork, it’s this Saturday in Annapolis. With an un-Navy like three-game losing streak going, the Mids are now similar to a wounded Bear and the smaller, previously less lethal vermin are scurrying for a chunk of the meat. The scary reality is that if Navy is unable to win this game they might be playing Army in a couple of weeks for the right to go to a bowl, and Army has been looking pretty good lately.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3:30 pm ET and can be seen on NBC.

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