The local college football weekend gets underway early Friday as Navy visits Central Michigan.
What will happen? Here’s five predictions for the Midshipmen entering their ESPN2-televised trip to the Midwest …
1. Keenan Reynolds will rush for 100 yards. The freshman quarterback will make his first start, and will do so against the nation’s No. 114 defense. That bodes well for Reynolds’ acclimation process to an expanded role. He looked crisp running the option in two scoring drives Saturday at Air Force and should be able to do the same against the Chippewas
2. Central Michigan’s Cody Wilson will record his fourth straight 100-yard receiving day. The Mids have allowed a pair of 100-yard receivers this season, and San Jose State’s Ryan Otten came close with 94 yards. The point? Passing yards can be had against Navy. Wilson, the Chippewas’ top target, could be in for a solid day.
3. Navy kicker Nick Sloan will remain perfect. The freshman has made all of his placement kicks —- five field goals and nine extra points —- to date to solidify a preseason area of concern for Navy.
4. Noah Copeland will score touchdowns in back-to-back weeks. The sophomore fullback was solid last week, rushing for 84 yards and a score on 21 carries. After a slow start, Copeland might be settling in for Navy and emerging as a capable successor for Alexander Teich.
5. Navy will win. Central Michigan is improved over coach Dan Enos‘ first few seasons in Mount Pleasant, but its inability to stop the run provides reason to believe Navy will win on the road in back-to-back weeks. This could easily turn into a ball-control day for the Mids, who used at least six plays on each of their five scoring drives a week ago.
—- Patrick Stevens