Army Black Knights College Football Preview 2021: What Will Happen, Season Prediction
Jeff Monken has built up Army to create a terrific system that keeps on working.
It took a few years to get up to speed, but now he’s on a run of four winning seasons and four bowl appearance in five seasons, and best of all, he’s starting to get more and more players who fit. The stability should be there for a while.
Army almost always had to go with undersized players and work in a rotation to keep everyone fresh and productive, but now there’s real size on the lines. No, there aren’t a slew of Alabama-level 325-pound space-eaters, but it’s not like they’re lining up 245-pound try-hard defensive tackles, either.
The formula is set. Quick guys in the backfield to go along with sledgehammer fullbacks behind big linemen who can move. That’s the offense, run, repeat. The other side’s job isn’t to get behind the line and be disruptive; it’s to simply get off the field and not give up a whole ton of big plays.
Toughness is obviously never a problem with this program, and it certainly doesn’t get intimidated against the big guys on the slate. But even with everything in place to be one of Monken’s best teams yet, this year won’t be a breeze.
Set The Army Black Knights Regular Season Win Total At … 8
He’s got the guys in place to not only build off of last year’s nine-win campaign, but be even better. The question is whether or not that’s enough to get past a slew of dangerous teams that also like to control the clock and the tempo.
Yeah, Army pushed West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl, and it held its own against Cincinnati, but it also lost those two games along with the road trip to Tulane. The 10-7 win over Air Force and the phenomenal 28-27 battle with Georgia Southern were the two best wins, and they were at home.
Army will be away from Michie for a dangerous opener at Georgia State. It has to go away to deal with defending MAC champion Ball State, Wisconsin, Air Force, Liberty, and Navy. None of those are layups.
Home dates against Wake Forest and WKU won’t be pushovers, either.
But there are a slew of winnable games, and again, Monken has a team in place to hold up in the tougher ones.
Beat Navy and Air Force, win the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy again, come up with another winning season, go to a bowl game, win it – unlike last year – and have a whole lot of fun doing it the Army way.
Monken has the machine in motion to do that.