A week after Michigan defeated Middle Tennessee State, 40-21, it will look to keep the momentum going at home against Army.
The Black Knights, winners of 10-straight games, still run the flexbone, triple-option offense, as service institutions are accustomed to. However, they execute it better than any other triple-option based team in college football.
Against Rice in Week 1, Army racked up 56 rushing attempts compared to only eight passes.
Black Knights’ quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr, a 2018 All-Independent second team selection, towed the load last week with 85 yards gained on 21 rushing attempts. Additionally, he was three-of-eight passing for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Running back Sandon McCoy earned his fair share of yards as well, tallying 70 yards on 20 carries.
This does not appear to be an explosive offense for the Black Knights but one that is going to try and be better conditioned than their opponents. This ground-and-pound offense tries to go through you four yards at a time.
Last season, Army’s defense was fantastic sitting at 13th in the nation in points-per-game. Even more impressive, the Black Knights finished the year ninth in yards allowed nationally.
The leader of that group, Jay Bateman, is no longer is on the sidelines as he followed former Texas head coach Mack Brown to North Carolina. Can new defensive coordinator John Loose keep the defense stout?
Service academies don’t typically get athletes with as much speed or size as their opponents, forcing them to think of ways to make up the difference.
Bateman’s unit was fast, using numerous stunts and delayed blitzes to confuse offensive lines. It is now up to Loose to think of ways to get past a very successful Michigan line.
Last year, Army entered the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1996. Don’t take the Black Knights lightly.
Michigan-Army Football TV Channel, Time and Live Stream
Kickoff Time: 12:00 PM ET
Date: September 9
Location: The Big House, Michigan Stadium
TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: FoxSportsGo
Pick: Michigan to Cover
Moneyline: Army (+1110) | Michigan (-2000)