SMU (1-8, 0-5 AAC) at No. 22 Navy (7-1, 5-0 AAC), 3:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Line: Navy by 21 ½.
Series Record: Navy leads 9-7.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Navy needs a victory to remain unbeaten in the American Athletic Conference and stay on course to play in the league title game. The Midshipmen are tied with Houston atop the AAC West.
Navy’s triple-option against SMU’s defense. With QB Keenan Reynolds leading the way, Navy has rushed for 2,612 yards and averaged 5.5 yards per carry. Five players have run for at least 200 yards, led by Reynolds with 907 and FB Chris Swain with 704. SMU ranks 121st in the nation against the run, allowing 259.6 yards per game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Navy: Reynolds. With one more rushing touchdown, Reynolds will break the NCAA record for career TDs on the ground. He currently has 77, tied with Montee Ball, formerly of Wisconsin. With 3,977 career yards rushing, Reynolds needs 202 to tie the Navy record held by Napoleon McCallum.
SMU: Matt Davis. The junior QB had a career-high 334 yards passing and 62 yards on the ground versus TCU, led the Mustangs to a 40-point performance against Temple last week and has been the team’s leading rusher in 12 of the last 16 games.
FACTS & FIGURES
Navy is ranked in the AP poll for the first time since 2004. Midshipmen are No. 20 in the playoff rankings. … SMU has lost seven straight since its lone win, Sept. 12 against North Texas. … Dating back to last year, Navy has won 13 of 15 games, the only two losses against Notre Dame. … SMU’s defeats have come against teams that are a combined 54-18. … Navy has won five straight in the series since the Mustangs earned a 24-11 victory in 1998. … The teams are playing for the Frank Gansz Trophy, created in 2009 in memory of Frank Gansz, who played at Navy from 1957-59 and was an assistant coach at both Navy and SMU.
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