Head to head: Army vs. Central Michigan

Jeremy Trimble (AP/ Jim McKnight)

Next up for Army is Central Michigan. Today ArmySports.com compares different critical team areas of Army and Central Michigan and indicates which team has the edge.

Army
AREA
Central Michigan
COMMENTS
 
Army rushing offense
vs.
Central Michigan rushing defense
X  
Army has struggled rushing the ball throughout this season including last week against Tulane. The Central Michigan defense, led by linebacker Thomas Keith, should be able to keep the Army rushing attack at bay.  
X  
Army passing offense
vs.
Central Michigan passing defense
 
Central Michigan is one of the worst nationally in passing defense. They give up over 300 yards a game on average. Army, while not passing juggernaut, should be able to rack up some decent yardage. It'll be interesting to see who starts at quarterback for Army. Carson Williams is the quarterback of the future for Army but senior Kevin Dunn led the Cadets to a comeback overtime win over Tulane and finished the game with a remarkable 228.9 passing efficiency score.  
E  
Central Michigan rushing offense
vs.
Army rushing defense
E  
Even. Central Michigan is cranking out 166 rushing yards a game. They are led by quarterback Dan LeFevour who had 146 yards rushing last week against Ball State. Army has a good rushing defense and gives up about 168 yards per game. Linebacker Frank Scappaticci leads the Cadets in tackles with 51.  
 
Central Michigan passing offense
vs.
Army passing defense
X  
Central Michigan quarterback LeFevour can also throw and is averaging 262 yards passing a game. Receiver Antonio Brown has 44 catches so far this season for CMU. Fellow receiver Bryan Anderson had 10 catches last week against Ball State and has 40 catches on the season. Army is 40th nationally in passing defense and should be able to at least slow down CMU's passing attack.  
X  
Special Teams
 
Army has one of the nation's finest special teams units. The Black Knight punt and kickoff return units both rank in the top 10 nationally. Army is also No. 34 nationally in net punting. CMU's special teams, while not bad statistically, gave up a 100-yard kickoff return and missed an extra point last week against Ball State. Keep in mind though that Central Michigan averages 31 points a game so they kick off a lot and kick a bunch of extra points.  
E  
Coaching
E  
First year-year head coach Butch Jones is 3-3 and formerly assisted at West Virginia. Army's Stan Brock is also 3-3 in his first year and has additional head coaching experience in the Arena Football League.  

Prediction:
Army 27
Central Michigan 24

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