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Time To Get the Monken off Army's Back

After falling to Wake Forest on the road, Army looks to avoid a 1-3 start with a trip up to Yale. Army has lost both road games this season, but hopefully a trip against an Ivy League school will cure those road woes.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Where: Yale Bowl, New Haven, CT

When: Saturday, 1:00 PM EST

Vegas Odds: Army -14.5

You don't see it very often, but on Saturday, an FBS school will travel to an FCS school to play a competitive college football game. However, Army is no traditional FBS program and these two programs have quite the history, dating back to 1893. Army and Yale, according to College Football Database, have played 45 times, with Yale winning 21 of those contests. You could say Army/Yale is a historic rivalry game, although these teams haven't played each other since 1996.

Yale has only played one game this season, winning a 54-43 shootout against winless  Lehigh. In that game, Yale had a balanced offensive attack, throwing for 376 and running for 307. The Bulldogs had two rushers — Tyler Varga and Candler Rich — hit the century mark and record a score, while Morgan Roberts threw four touchdowns and an interception. Defensively, Yale forced three interceptions and recorded a sack.

Army, coming off a loss to Wake Forest and one of the most bizarre flops in recent sports memory, will look to rebound on the road and continue to fight for bowl eligibility. While not confirmed yet, rumor has it that the NCAA has accepted the waiver Army filed for both their games against Yale and Fordham to count towards bowl eligibility. If that is the case, Army is in a must-win mode this week if they look to continue to play through December.

Match Up To Watch: Army vs The 4th Quarter

If football were a three quarter game, Army would a force to be reckoned with. Obviously, it is not. Army has fallen apart in every game this season in the final quarter. With the exception of Stanford, Army has had a double digit lead in the 4th and surrendered it to Wake Forest and really tried to lose it against Buffalo. Given that Army has run the ball well over 90% of the time, there is no reason that the offense cannot close games. The defense has gotten tired and surrendered those leads, which partial blame can be placed on the offense for turning the ball over late or not prolonging drives enough for the defense to catch it's breath. Angel Santiago and Co., need to play smart and keep the foot on the gas pedal for all 4 quarters.

Prediction: Army 42, Yale 10