Pittsburgh Panthers (8-4) at Navy Midshipmen (10-2)
|Date & Time||Monday December 28, 2015, 2:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Navy Midshipmen -5 -- Over/Under: 56
The Pittsburgh Panthers will play the Navy Midshipmen in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman.
The Navy Midshipmen were 10-2 this season and finished tied for first in the American Conference West Division. The Navy offense is averaging 36.2 points per game with 319.2 rushing yards per game and 92.3 passing yards per game. Keenan Reynolds is the Navy quarterback, who is completing 53.1% of his passes for 1077 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Reynolds also has 1229 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns for navy. Chris Swain has 909 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns for Navy. Jamir Tillman has 570 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns for Navy. The Navy defense is giving up 21.3 points per game with 229 passing yards per game and 138.4 rushing yards per game. Lorentez Barbour has 70 tackles, Will Anthony has 7.5 sacks, and Brendon Clements has 2 interceptions for Navy. Navy is +17 in turnover margin this season.
The Pittsburgh Panthers were 8-4 this season and finished second in the ACC Coastal Division. The Pittsburgh offense is averaging 28 points per game with 195.1 passing yards per game and 186 rushing yards per game. Nathan Peterman is the Pittsburgh quarterback who is completing 61.4% of his passes for 2150 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. Qadree Ollison has 1048 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns for Pittsburgh. Tyler Boyd has 873 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns for the Panthers. Dontez Ford has 466 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns for Pittsburgh this season. The Pittsburgh defense is giving up 24.6 points per game with 218.2 passing yards per game and 126.1 rushing yards per game. Jordan Whitehead has 99 tackles, Matt Galambos has 5 sacks, and Avonte Maddox has 3 interceptions. Pittsburgh is +2 in turnover margin this season.
Navy has had a very good season and was only one win away from going to the American Conference Championship game. Navy boasts the second best rushing attack in the nation, which is very hard to prepare for. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds has had a great season for Navy and has been their best player all season. The Navy defense has also played well for most of the season. Pittsburgh had a good first season under their new coach and has their eyes set on a 9-win season. Pittsburgh struggled offensively at times during the season, so it will be important for them to find early success against Navy. Pittsburgh will be without their best running back, James Conner, who was injured earlier in the season. The question in this game will be if Pittsburgh is able to stop the triple option. If Navy can move the ball easily, Pittsburgh won’t be able to keep up with their offense. I think Navy is the better team in this matchup and I think they will be give Pittsburgh a lot of trouble with their triple option attack. I am picking Navy.