Independents. Notre Dame, Navy and Army
The only Independent that’s made news in a good way of late has been Navy. Let’s be honest, nobody will supersede Notre Dame in the headlines, but it’s not been for the right reasons as of late. 91-67 since Looouuuuuu doesn’t cut it for Touchdown Jesus. Unfortunately, Brian Kelly adopts a pocket passer while trying to instill the speed option. Should be an interesting experiment, but not a particularly successful one, despite having one of the best receivers in Floyd in the Country. The first 6 games, including 3 against the Big 10, should prove for a quick determination for how this team will shake out the remainder of the year. .500 over the first 6 will be a minor success, but I don’t see it that way. Michigan, at Michigan State, at BC (which I saw a great t-shirt a few years ago stating the BC had better Jesuits than ND…) and Pitt should beat the Irish, making for a 2-4 start to the Kelly Era. They can win 5 of the next 6, resulting in a 7-5 year for the little Leprechauns this year.
Maryland has finally agreed to play the other division 1 school in Maryland, a deal that was signed several years ago when Navy was hoping for 3 wins a year. Now that Navy has figured it out, including beating Notre Dame two of the past 3 years, they are a touchdown favorite on Labor Day. In fall practice, Curry has been throwing the ball over 25 times, making everyone scratch their heads a little. As far as I’ve heard, the production isn’t off, so the points should still be there, making the triple option or the shotgun definite weapons for the Midshipmen. A 9-3 season should bring the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy home to Annapolis once again this year.
Army will be playing football this year, and may actually get some snow in late November, making for some cool highlights of funny plays. 4-8, that is all.