Preview: Navy at Southern Methodist

When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 26, 2016
Where: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas


Navy will try to move a step closer to hosting the American Athletic Conference championship game when it visits SMU on Saturday afternoon. The Midshipmen already secured the West Division with a 66-31 win at East Carolina last weekend but there are a boatload of scenarios that need to be played out before the site of the title game is determined.

A win would increase the chances of the contest being played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium one week before the annual clash with rival Army in Baltimore. Quarterback Will Worth had four more rushing touchdowns in the victory over the Pirates and his 22 scores on the ground leave him tied for first nationally with Boise State's Jeremy McNichols. The Midshipmen senior star will test a Mustangs squad that ranks ninth in the AAC in total defense (439.6 yards) and allowed 278 rushing yards in a 35-27 loss to South Florida last Saturday. SMU is looking to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2012.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU. LINE: Navy -7

ABOUT NAVY (8-2, 6-1 AAC): Worth had six rushing TDs in the first five games of the season but has 16 in the last five, during which he has averaged 157.2 yards on the ground. His nine pass completions over the past two weeks have gone for 224 yards as senior Jamir Tillman (four catches, 122 yards in the two games) has been a big-play option. Shawn White chipped in 150 rushing yards and three TDs against East Carolina as the nation's third-ranked rushing outfit recorded 480.

ABOUT SMU (5-6, 3-4): The Mustangs amassed 578 total yards and possessed the ball for more than 36 minutes against USF, but three turnovers - two on interceptions thrown by Ben Hicks - hurt the cause. Hicks has been intercepted an AAC-high 13 times, although nine came in the first five games. Sophomore Braeden West rumbled for 120 yards in the loss to USF and needs 12 more to reach 1,000 for the season.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Mustangs WR Courtland Sutton had a school-record 252 receiving yards against USF and he boasts 25 catches for 418 yards and four TDs in the last two games.

2. Navy is 17-3 under coach Ken Niumatalolo in the months of November and December over the last four years.

3. The Midshipmen have won the last six meetings, including a 55-14 victory at home in 2015.

PREDICTION: Navy 41, SMU 31

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Navy 8-2 W3 38.4 30.0 5-0 3-2 2-2 0-0 6-1
Southern Methodist 5-6 L1 27.4 32.7 2-3 3-3 1-2 0-0 3-4

Last Meeting

Navy Southern Methodist
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/14/15 SMU 14 NAVY 55 484 403 81 268 144 124

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
NAVY K. Reynolds 22.2 81 1 0
SMU M. Davis 36.4 124 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
NAVY K. Reynolds 14 137 9.8 4
SMU X. Jones 8 45 5.6 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
NAVY J. Tillman 1 72 72.0 1
SMU K. Thomas 1 32 32.0 1
TDs Player TD
NAVY K. Reynolds 4
SMU M. Davis 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
NAVY W. Worth 61.1 1259 7 3
SMU B. Hicks 53.7 2599 17 13
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
NAVY W. Worth 244 1072 4.4 22
SMU B. West 190 988 5.2 6
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
NAVY J. Tillman 31 525 16.9 1
SMU C. Sutton 70 1186 16.9 9
TDs Player TD
NAVY W. Worth 22
SMU C. Sutton 9

Quickchart Matchup

Navy Off vs  Southern Methodist Def
457 yards
439.6 yards
5.7 yards/rush
4.5 yards/rush
11.6 yards/attempt
7 yards/attempt
Southern Methodist Off vs  Navy Def
427.3 yards
441.3 yards
4.2 yards/rush
4.9 yards/rush
6.9 yards/attempt
8.7 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Navy Overall Southern Methodist
8-2-0 W/L 5-6-0
6-3-1 ATS 8-3-0
7-3-0 O/U 4-7-0
38.4 Pts For 27.4
30.0 Pts Against 32.7
Navy A/H Southern Methodist
3-2 W/L 2-3
2-2-1 ATS 3-2-0
2-3-0 O/U 0-5-0
34.8 Pts For 20.8
30.4 Pts Against 29.8