Week 15 Previews: American Athletic Conference


SATURDAY, DEC. 11 • 3 P.M. • CBS

MetLife Stadium (82,500/FieldTurf)
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl
WBAL-AM 1090 (Navy)

Saturday’s game will be the 122nd playing of the annual matchup between Navy and Army in a series that dates to 1890 … Navy holds a 61-53-7 series lead … A win by Navy would forge a three-way tie at 1-1 between the Midshipmen, Army and Air Force in the annual Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy series.

3-8, 3-5 American
Head Coach
Ken Niumatalolo (Hawaii ’89)
104-75, 14th season

Navy looks to close the 2021 season with a two-game winning streak after the Midshipmen scored a 38-14 win at Temple Nov. 27 … The Midshipmen have played the third-toughest schedule in the nation according to the NCAA … The Midshipmen’s schedule includes 11 teams that will play in bowl games, including No. 4 Cincinnati, which had its closest game of the season against Navy (27-20) … Navy has been led by QB Tai Lavatai, who has 309 rushing yards and five touchdowns … Lavatai has completed 30 of 55 passes for five touchdowns and two interceptions as well … FB Isaac Ruoss has a team-high 608 rushing yards with five touchdowns … The defense is led by three-time all-conference LB Diego Fagot, who has a team-high 85 tackles to go with 11.0 tackles for loss, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble.

Head Coach
Jeff Monken (Millikin ’89)
57-42, eighth season at Army 93-58, 12th season as collegiate head coach

Army takes a four-game winning streak into Saturday’s game … The Black Knights opened the season with four straight wins and dropped their next three before rebounding with the current run … QB Christian Anderson has rushed for 519 yards and six touchdowns and has completed 21 of 44 passes for 545 yards and five TDs … RB Tyrell Robinson has a team-high 582 rushing yards with three touchdowns and is averaging 9.9 yards per attempt … QB Tyhier Tyler has a team-leading seven rushing touchdowns … LB Arik Smith has 66 tackles, and 9.0 tackles for loss to lead the defense … DB Marquel Broughton has 59 tackles with two interceptions … Army will face Missouri in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl to close the season.