We’ve spent the last two weeks talking about the first half of Army’s 2018 football season. We said that Army’s got a chance against Duke, and we talked a bit about the strategy that might keep them competitive with Oklahoma. It is entirely possible that this team outperforms expectations and explodes onto the national stage. More likely, however, the Black Knights stumble somewhere early, going either 3-1 or 2-2 through their first four games. This middle stretch, then, starting with the Buffalo game and ending with the home game against Air Force, will decide what kind of team this is going to be.
Army ought to be favored at San Jose State, but the other four games--at Buffalo, vs. Miami (Ohio), at Eastern Michigan, and vs. Air Force--will most likely be close contests. The Black Knights were very good in close contests last season. They will need to keep that streak alive in order to win all four of these games and take some momentum into Philadelphia and the Army-Navy game.