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A quick look at the weekend slate:
Army (3-5) at Air Force (4-4, 1-3 Mountain West Conference), 3:30 p.m.
TV: CBS (Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein). The Black Knights and Falcons take over a national-TV slot vacated by some other game that’ll move to prime time.
Home cooking: Army’s played four games away from West Point and lost all of them, allowing at least 35 points each time.
What’s in a name?: Basic military strategy here — Army stays on the ground (369 rushing yards per game is best in top-tier college football) and avoids the air (less than 50 passing YPG). Air Force is third in the nation in rushing thanks to senior Asher Clark, who’s averaging more than 80 yards a game and more than 7 a carry, but the Army pass defense could prove a tempting target: In those four road losses, the Black Knights have allowed 282.3 passing yards.
Steelman watch: Army’s injured QB reportedly made the trip to Colorado Springs, but there’s no word on his status for the game.
Troy (2-6, 1-3 Sun Belt) at Navy (2-5), 3:30 p.m.
TV: CBS Sports Network (Josh Lewin, Randy Cross)
The run begins?: The Midshipmen need to win four straight to claim their spot in the Military Bowl. Otherwise, there could be a very sad football with cartoon eyes on it.
Bad omens for Trojans: Navy’s on an eight-game Senior Day win streak. Troy will be the first sub-.500 team on Navy’s schedule. Troy is giving up more than 180 rushing yards a game.
Fumble friendly: Navy junior linebacker Matt Brewer has forced a team-high four fumbles this season, tying a school record. He missed the East Carolina game, but played last week against Notre Dame and isn’t listed on the Mids’ injury report this week. Troy could be a welcome target, ranking 79th in the nation in turnover margin.