Five predictions for Navy’s visit to San Jose State on Saturday afternoon …
1. Alexander Teich will run for 100 yards. The Navy fullback is well-positioned to enjoy a solid day against a Spartans rushing defense ranked 103rd nationally.
2. Kriss Proctor will account for two touchdowns. The senior quarterback might not be needed to go the distance, and he probably won’t be asked to throw a ton. No matter. The California native will find the end zone a couple times in what could be a rout.
3. There will be no more than eight penalties. Navy averages 2.4 penalties, the fewest in the country. San Jose State averages 3.5 penalties, the second fewest nationally. Don’t expect a lot of laundry on the field.
4. Navy will force at least three turnovers. This has not been an area of strength for San Jose State, which has 28 giveaways (to go with 29 takeaways) through 10 games. Navy will be more than capable of exploiting the Spartans’ generosity.
5. Navy will win and keep its bowl hopes alive. San Jose State isn’t accustomed to facing option offenses, which is a significant edge for the Mids. Navy’s potent running game will help the Mids collect their third consecutive victory and put them a win away from clinching a berth in the Dec. 28 Military Bowl.
—- Patrick Stevens