The Middies have posted their football schedule on their official site and with a nice graphic on Twitter:
9/2 at Florida Atlantic
9/9 vs. Tulane 3:30 CBSSN
9/23 vs. Cincinnati 3:30 CBSSN
9/30 at Tulsa
10/7 vs. Air Force 3:30 CBSSN
10/14 at Memphis
10/19 vs. UCF 3:30 CBSSN
11/2 or 11/3 at Temple TBA ESPN/ESPN2
11/11 SMU 3:30 CBSSN
11/18 at Notre Dame TBA NBC
11/24 at Houston TBA ESPN network
12/2 The American Championship TBA ABC/ESPN
12/9 Army (at Lincoln Financial Field) 3:00 CBS
- Coach Ken has the chance to jump on some new coaches at FAU, Cincy, Temple, and Houston as the Midshipmen will go up against four-first year head coaches.
- Navy has expanded their TV coverage since joining the AAC, with only 3 games currently not scheduled for TV time (but we imagine the game against FAU, Lane’s debut, will be on TV).
- Navy could be poised for back-to-back wins against Notre Dame with their new QB and re-tooled coaching staff. It would be monumental for Coach Ken and the Middies.
- Navy finished 5-3 versus opponents on the ‘17 schedule in 2016.
Navy is a national recruiting program (obviously) and I like the breadth of the schedule. Navy takes trips to Memphis, South Florida, and Houston as well as playing showcase games at Notre Dame, and against rivals Air Force and Army. These are prime national recruiting showcase areas. Tennessee in general has been very good to both Army and Navy in the past.
A week off before Cincinnati and a mid-season bye week works out beautifully for Navy. I’m a little more worried about the Houston game than the Notre Dame game, but that back-to-back road trip to Indiana and Texas is pretty tough w the Irish and Cougars in a row.
With the amount of new coaches in the league and some talent leaving from some of these programs, I can see a 10-2 record with losses to Notre Dame and one of Memphis, Air Force, Houston and Temple. It’s hard to see the Irish losing to the Middies again since historically, it doesn’t happen. There are four new teams to the schedule and Navy does well against new teams who aren’t used to the triple option.