2015 Record: 2-10
2016 Las Vegas Season Win Total: 4.5*
The Black Knights are routinely one of the worst college football teams in the country. Army is just 35-86 over the last decade and has enjoyed just one winning season during that stretch. In fact, Army's 2010 bowl appearance was their first since 1996. Considering there are about 1,000 bowl games each winter, that's a pretty sorry mark.
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Will they get to a bowl game this year? Probably not. But Army should at least double last year's win total, and I am willing to predict that they will snap their 14-game losing streak to rival service academy Navy.
Army has 16 returning starters, compared to just eight last year, which is very rare for this program. They are still tiny along the offensive line (they don't have a lineman that weighs over 280), but they have thee starters back on a line that leads the way for their option attack.
Where Army has made, and should continue to make, strides is on defense. Nine starters are back from a pretty solid group that is in the third year of coach Jeff Monken's system. They have their seven top tacklers, and 13 of their top 15, back in the fold, and I think that they will surprise some people on this side of the ball.
Despite their youth, last year's Knights team lost seven games by a touchdown or less. That usually points to a turnaround the following season. I think the Black Knights have a chance to match last year's win total before the end of September. Add in two should-be wins over FCS opponents in the back half of the schedule, and my predicted win over Navy, and that would leave Army just one win shy of bowl eligibility for just the second time in 30 years.
I don't know that I'll predict a bowl game. But Army is going to be vastly improved. I think they will definitely get to five wins, something they've done just twice in a decade, and this is an easy 'over' call.
2016 Army Black Knights Schedule
DATE OPPONENT TIME (ET) Location
Fri, Sep 2nd, 2016 at Temple 07:00 PM Lincoln Financial Field
Sat, Sep 10th, 2016 Rice 12:00 PM Blaik Field at Michie Stadium
Sat, Sep 17th, 2016 at UTEP 07:00 PM Sun Bowl
Sat, Sep 24th, 2016 at Buffalo 12:00 PM UB Stadium
Sat, Oct 8th, 2016 at Duke 12:00 PM Brooks Field at Wallace Wade S
Sat, Oct 22nd, 2016 North Texas 12:00 PM Blaik Field at Michie Stadium
Sat, Oct 29th, 2016 at Wake Forest12:00 PM BB&T Field
Sat, Nov 5th, 2016 Air Force 12:00 PM Blaik Field at Michie Stadium
Sat, Nov 12th, 2016 at Notre Dame 03:30 PM Alamodome
Sat, Nov 19th, 2016 Morgan State 12:00 PM Blaik Field at Michie Stadium
Sat, Dec 10th, 2016 at Navy 03:00 PM M&T Bank Stadium
All Times EST
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