In the second set of weekday bowl games, there is a game between two average teams. These teams are the Virginia Cavaliers and the Navy Midshipmen. Both teams had average expectations this season and managed to fulfill those expectations by qualifying for a decent bowl game after winning six games in the regular season. Now, both teams will want to add a bowl victory to their resumes.
Virginia’s success is due to quarterback Kurt Benkert. This season, Benkert has thrown for 25 touchdowns and only eight interception. Benkert’s accuracy is a huge reason for the team’s success and that trend will need to continue if the Cavaliers plan on pulling off this upset. Another reason for their success is their deep receiving corps. Virginia has several receivers with multiple touchdowns and over 600 yards receiving this season. Expect Virginia to air it out against Navy in the hopes of generating big plays in the passing game.
Navy’s success was primarily due to its strong running game. Navy’s triple option rushing attack was successful again this season as the Midshipman ranked second in all of college football in rushing yards per game. This season, Navy had two players with over 1,000 yards rushing along with at least nine rushing touchdowns. Those two players were Zach Abey and Malcolm Perry. If Abey and Perry find open running lanes, the Midshipmen will likely blow this game open.
As for my prediction, I have to side with Navy. I expect Virginia to struggle when it comes to defending the option and I believe that Virginia’s offense will be unable to keep up. Expect Abey and Perry to have big games on the ground as Navy wins by double digits.
Virginia vs. Navy: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: Virginia vs. Navy
Date: Thursday, December 28, 2017
Start Time: 1:30 P.M. EST
Location: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD
How to Watch Virginia vs. Navy On Your Tablet Or Mobile Device
You can live stream the game on the WatchESPN app.
How To Live Stream Virginia vs. Navy Online Without Cable Subscription
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