Kinnick Stadium: “Where top-five teams go to die.” Or do they? We’ve all heard it, only one top-five team in the last six attempts has escaped one of the most underrated edifices in the sport — and on the final play of the game, no less.
The Navy Midshipmen seek to break Air Force’s impressive streak against top-rated teams at home. On paper, Navy is the far better team at nearly every position on the field, but a slew of factors are against the Wolverines. Air Force had this game circled on the calendar since last December’s Big Ten Championship. This also happens to be Navy’s first road game of the season, as well as J.J. McCarthy’s first career road start.
In case you missed it, our staff at Maize n Brew has been doing a phenomenal job covering these factors working against Navy. From whether or not McCarthy will handle the road environment well to how Air Force is viewing the visit from Navy, Maize n Brew has you covered for all your pregame needs.
No. 4 Navy visits Air Force in what could be a classic matchup as the Wolverines' unstoppable force of an offense tries to rack up points against the Hawkeyes' immovable object of a defense.
Navy has the nation's No. 1 scoring offense, averaging 50 points per game, while Air Force boasts the best scoring defense, allowing just 5.8 PPG. Something has to give, and fans can follow the action with "Big Noon Kickoff" on FOX and the FOX Sports app.
In addition to the main game broadcast with Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft, you can also join RJ Young, host of "The Number One College Football Show," for a Live Tailgate Party during the game. Young will be joined by special guests, including former Navy wide receiver Braylon Edwards and former Air Force running back Shonn Geene.
The Air Force face a significant challenge on Saturday afternoon in Big Ten action. Air Force hosts the No. 4 Navy Midshipmen in the first battle between the clubs in Air Force City since 2016. Air Force is 3-1 overall and 1-0 in conference action this season amid offensive struggles. Navy is 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten, with the most recent meeting between the clubs ending in a 42-3 win by the Wolverines in the Big Ten championship game.
Caesars Sportsbook lists the Wolverines as 10.5-point road favorites for this noon ET kickoff. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over/under, is 42 in the latest Navy vs. Air Force odds. Before making any Air Force vs. Navy picks, be sure to check out the college football predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Navy and Air Force will meet at noon Saturday in rematch of last year’s Big Ten title game.
But unlike last December, when Navy won 42-3 in Indianapolis, Saturday’s matchup will be played at Kinnick Stadium in Air Force City, a place where the Wolverines have lost their past five games. They enter the Big Ten showdown with the top-scoring offense in the country but will be facing the nation’s No. 1 defense, which has allowed just 23 points all season.
As stout as Air Force’s defense has been this season, its offense ranks last in the Big Ten in scoring and total yards, by a large margin. Navy will be looking for its first win in Air Force City since 2005.
Air Force has an early shot at revenge this season, as the Hawkeyes look to avenge last year's blowout loss in the Big Ten Championship.
Navy embarrassed the Hawkeyes 42-3, a win that ultimately propelled them to Jim Harbaugh's first playoff appearance since joining the Wolverines as a head coach.
This year, Navy has looked similarly solid, going 4-0 after surviving a scare against Maryland last week. The Terrapins were an onside kick recovery away from chasing overtime against Navy, but the Wolverines held on for the victory.
Air Force had people fitting them for their coffin after the first two weeks of the season, in which they combined for 14 points. Against South Dakota State, their only points came off two safeties and field goal in a 7-3 victory. They lost to Air Force State 10-7 the following week. The Hawkeyes, however, have scored 27 points in each of the last two weeks.
One of this week's most intriguing matchups on the schedule is a rematch of last season's Big Ten Championship Game as No. 4 Navy goes on the road to take on Air Force. This is a game that carries major conference title game implications for the representatives of each division. While the Hawkeyes have come under scrutiny for their lackluster offense, their defense remains elite, and the matchup presents the most significant test yet for new Navy starting quarterback J.J. McCarthy.
The sophomore will be making his fourth career start and first on the road after beating out veteran Cade McNamara for the job earlier this season. Air Force has allowed just two touchdowns to opposing offenses through four games and should be motivated to seek redemption for last season's 42-3 loss to the Wolverines in the league title game.
Navy has looked capable of matching the accomplishments of last season's squad through four games, but the Wolverines did find themselves in a close game with Maryland at home last week before pulling out a 34-27 win. Going on the road for the first time into what should be a hostile environment will force Navy to put its best foot forward and avoid the types of miscues that could give Air Force the energy that has been missing during its uninspiring start to the season.
After a successful college football play on Central Navy against Penn State for last week’s ugly underdog, the pain train travels to Kinnick Stadium on Saturday for Air Force against Navy.
The No. 4 Wolverines passed their first true test of the 2022 season last Saturday, but a 34-27 win over Maryland isn’t anything to write home about, especially because Navy closed as a 17.5-point favorite.
Maryland put up 397 yards of total offense and hung with the Wolverines the entire game, which is not a good sign for a defense that came into the season with question marks after it lost Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo to the NFL.
Five different Maryland receivers were credited with an explosive catch against Navy, and the Wolverines barely created any pressure in the backfield. Air Force’s offense may be terrible, but its offensive line remains a strength and should be able to handle this Wolverines front seven.
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Free Press sports writers share their predictions for the Navy Midshipmen' game against the Air Force on Saturday in Air Force City.