Saturday morning cartoons watch out, we’ve got a barn burner for you at 9am (12pm eastern) between Navy and Temple. The Midshipmen have been putting up huge numbers on people for most of the season en route to 9-2 while Temple has quietly gone 9-3. They both beat up on East Carolina late in the season and that will be our mutual match-up to breakdown.
The Middies are 11th in scoring offense in the NCAA with 41.7 PPG and 3rd in passing yards per completion. Temple under coach Matt Rhule is 46th in scoring offense and 10th in scoring defense giving up 17 PPG. Will Navy’s high-powered score in bunches offense hold up against the Owls?
Below, Navy uses their base play inside veer and the fullback goes off.
The Middies love midline, and will run it until teams learn how to shut it down, which ECU never did. Remember, the read on Mid is the 3-tech. If he sits give the dive, if he squeezes pull and keep. The announcers will call this “QB Keeper” 20 times / game.
But Navy will also throw deep as they’re averaging 18 yards / completion.
It’s midline again.
On rocket toss to the fullback you can see how tough and determined the 2016 Navy squad is. The 255 lbs fullback White is running for 6 yards a carry and 7 TDs.
How do you score on Navy? ECU went with the deep ball
Back to the air again taking advantage of athleticism over the Middies.
And another deep throw to close the gap.
It’s harder to look over someone’s defense when the two schemes will be entirely different. But on offense Temple and Navy will both be looking to control the clock. Temple does it in a more dominant style while the Navy Flexbone works agility, angles, and timing not power per se.
I’m sure after seeing ECU take deep shots successfully Temple will try a few themselves against the Middies.
But expect this game to be power and zone lead like we see below. The first two are power from multiple back and tight end sets.
With the last two being zone lead from multiple back and tight end sets.