Based on preseason prognostications, this week’s Memphis at Navy battle might decide who wins the AAC West. Houston will have something to say, but the winner places themselves in a great position.
To the surprise of few, Memphis mauled Mercer 66-14 as 31-point home favorites. Going on the road against a mad bunch of Midshipmen will not be an easy task for the Tigers.
Navy was not prepared for the diversity of Hawai’i’s offense and trailed 28-0 not even 20 minutes into the contest before losing 59-41 as 13-point road faves.
Given Memphis has a similar style of offense as the Rainbow Warriors to attack the Navy, the college football odds opened with the Tigers as 4.5-point favorites.
As expected, Brady White won the quarterback job and the junior threw for 358 yards and five touchdowns last week. It doesn’t figure to be that simple on the road this week, nonetheless, this is a potent Memphis offense.
Four starting offensive linemen returned, as did their top three running backs, led by Darrell Henderson. As per usual, the Tigers have talented receivers and Navy lacks the speed and quickness on the secondary to stay with this quality of pass catchers over four quarters and they need a pass rush to slow Memphis.
For Navy to stay in this game, clearly, they cannot fall far behind like last week and they have to control the pigskin with the option. Quarterback Malcolm Perry is an explosive runner but 5’9 185 pounds, he has to get to the edge, because running him up the middle will be of no value. It is imperative the Midshipmen establish fullback Anthony Garguilo up the middle. If he can average four or five yards a carry, that opens up the edges and keeps Navy on time for down and distance.