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don.markus@baltsun.com

Navy (5-3) at Troy (4-5)

Time: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.


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Site: Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy, Ala.

Online: ESPN3

Radio: 1090 AM, 1430 AM

Series: Navy leads 1-0

Last meeting: Navy won, 42-14, on Oct. 5, 2011, in Annapolis

Navy offense vs. Troy defense: The Midshipmen's game plan against the Trojans will be similar to the one they have against most teams that like to pass — keep Troy's offense off the field for as long as possible. Troy is better against the run (72nd nationally, giving up 168 yards per game) than it is against the pass (103rd, 266.3 yards) but Navy can probably have success either way. Last week, Florida Atlantic tried to take away Navy's fullback dive and outside pitches to its slotbacks, so freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds (more than 300 yards of offense, three touchdowns, including two passing TDs) had another big day. In the game against Troy a year ago, Navy broke a six-game losing streak and led 35-0 by halftime. The Midshipmen will be going for their first six-game winning streak since starting the 1974 season 6-0.

Navy defense vs.Troy offense: The Midshipmen will be challenged again by a fairly proficient passing attack, and a more than respectable running game. Led by junior quarterback Corey Robinson, the Trojans rank 15th in the country passing (315 yards per game) and 15th overall in yardage (488.7). But Robinson has nearly as many interceptions (eight) as touchdown passes (nine). Troy racked up 721 yards in a 55-48 shootout loss at Tennessee last week and has 11 passes of 40 or more yards and six of 50 of more yards this season, eighth-best in the country. Navy has overcome early 10-point deficits in two of its last five wins, as well as a late eight-point deficit at Air Force, and the defense has usually come up with big stops or turnovers when it mattered. Senior linebacker Keegan Wetzel leads the defense with 12 tackles for loss, including six sacks, but Troy's offense line has surrendered only seven sacks, none in the Trojans' two games against Southeastern Conference opponents (they also lost to Mississippi State, 30-24, on Sept. 15).

-- Don Markus

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