- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

No. 16 Navy (9-1, 7-0 American) at No. 21 Houston (10-1, 6-1), 11 a.m. (ABC)

Line: Houston by 1

Series Record: Houston leads 1-0


The winner will host either Temple or South Florida in the first American Athletic Conference championship game Dec. 5. The winner will also be in the driver’s seat for earning the Group of Five berth. Navy currently is the top-ranked Group of Five team, ranked 15th, while Houston fell from the CFP rankings this week.


Navy’s triple option vs. Houston’s rushing defense. The Midshipmen have the second-ranked rushing offense nationally led by senior quarterback Keenan Reynolds. Navy averages 348.4 rushing yards per game and piled up more than 400 in back-to-back contests. Houston’s rush defense is ranked first in the conference and 11th nationally, allowing 114.8 yards a game. The Cougars have allowed a 100-yard rusher in each of the last two games after not allowing one the first nine games.


Navy: QB Keenan Reynolds. The senior quarterback is third in the American with 1,009 rushing yards and second in the nation with 18 rushing touchdowns. Reynolds needs one touchdown to tie Wisconsin’s Montee Ball for most touchdowns rushing and receiving and two to break the all-time Division I record for most touchdowns.

Houston: LB Elandon Roberts. Roberts leads the American with 120 total tackles. He is fourth in the nation in solo tackles with 7.1 a game and seventh in total tackles with 10.9 per game.


Both Houston first-year coach Tom Herman and Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo have been hot names in the coaching circuit. … Houston is looking to advance to the conference championship for the first time since 2011. … The Cougars are the only team to rank in the top 15 nationally for both rushing offense (12th) and rushing defense (11th). . Navy has not started a season 10-1 since 1905. … The Mids have won 15 of their last 17 games, with the only two losses coming to Notre Dame. … Houston won the only meeting between the two schools 35-0 in the 1980 Garden State Bowl.

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