||Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
||WUSA-9, WJZ-13/ WFED-1500
||Midshipmen 2-1; Falcons 1-4
home cooking The government shutdown had placed this game in jeopardy, but throughout the few tense days, at least the Midshipmen knew they would not need to travel. The Falcons, meantime, were uncertain if the Department of Defense would permit them to make the trip to Annapolis for the first leg of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. Navy has won three of four against Air Force at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
back in the saddle Navy’s offense is not nearly as formidable when quarterback Keenan Reynolds is out of the lineup, but the sophomore is all but certain to start following a mild concussion he suffered last weekend against Western Kentucky. Reynolds not only makes prudent decisions in the triple option and provides a lively throwing arm but also contributes intangibles such as a knack to complete a big play in seemingly the most dire of circumstances.
rattle roberts The Air Force offense had struggled until last Saturday, when sophomore quarterback Karson Roberts made the first start of his career. Roberts jump-started a team that averaged just more than 20 points in its three previous losses, nearly leading the Falcons to a victory over Nevada. Navy’s defense, ranked 72nd against the run and 38th in points allowed, is focused on keeping Roberts from establishing confidence early.