Friday Tease: Scouting Report (Week 4)
Hi friends. This post is an explicit tease of our weekly Scouting Report, a Patron-only feature that covers Army’s opponents. The series is intended to help readers familiarize themselves with the teams on Army’s schedule and keep track of Army’s overall strength-of-schedule.
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As For Football Scouting Report: Week 4
FBS Total Opponents Combined Record (19-20)
FBS Opponents’ Record Last Week (3-6)
(0-4) Streak: 4L
Rice lost to Baylor this week, 21-13, but they played well enough to make the guys at As For Football think that our first impression of the Owls might have been the right one. They were never out of it against a good Bears team that no doubt expected to dominate throughout.
QB Wiley Green went 13/23 passing (56.5%) for 128 yards; QB Tom Stewart went 5/8 for 50 yards (62.5%). Neither man threw a pick or a touchdown. Alas, the Owls never got their running game going, running for just 64 yards and 1 touchdown on 35 carries (1.8 yards/carry). They held Baylor to just 3.5 yards/carry, though, while forcing 2 fumbles.
The Owls never quite tied it up, unfortunately, but they played well enough to keep it interesting. The AFF crew is looking for a breakout game against Louisiana Tech this weekend.
(2-1) Streak: 1L
Big Blue went to Wisconsin and got smashed, 35-14. They gave up 203 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 23 carries to Badgers’ RB Jonathan Tarlor (8.8 yards/carry!) in an overall effort that saw the Badgers put up a whopping 359 yards total rushing. That is getting run over! At the same time, Michigan QB Shea Petterson went just 14/32 passing (43.8%) for 2 touchdowns and 1 interception while the Wolverines’ anemic ground game gained just 40 yards on 19 carries (2.1 yards/carry).
Michigan fans are calling for Coach Jim Harbaugh’s head, and the AFF crew thinks they might get it before the season ends. The Wolverines head to Rutgers this week, and yeah, they’ll probably win. A close game, though, won’t do much to quiet the criticism in Ann Arbor.
University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA)
(1-3) Streak: 3L
The Roadrunners got absolutely masterblasted by North Texas, 45-3. QB Lowell Narcisse started, not Frank Harris, which perhaps explains some of the performance issues, but bottom line, this UTSA team is just not good. Narcisse went just 13/36 passing (36.1%) for 124 yards and 2 killer interceptions. He also had 15 carries for 98 yards (6.5 yards/carry). That was most of the team’s offense, though RB Sincere McCormmick added 16 carries for 62 yards (3.9 yards/carry). But the Roadrunners’ defense again gave up 6.6 yards/carry, and that’s not gonna get it done, all other factors aside.
San Antonio has a bye this week before heading to UT-El Paso for a rivalry faceoff with the Miners. ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) picks the Roadrunners to get it done, but if they’re still missing Harris, they might struggle.
(3-1) Streak: 2W
The Wave is rolling as Tulane beat Houston for it’s second straight win this past Thursday night. Justin McMillan threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Jalen McCleskey with 3 seconds remaining as Tulane rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat Houston, 38-31…
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