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Poinsettia Bowl

Navy Midshipmen (7-4) Independent vs.
Colorado State Rams (5-3, 6-5) Mountain West Conference

This game features two teams with one-dimensional offenses. Navy, of course, is as one-dimensional as they come, featuring a wishbone option offense that ranks last through the air and first on the ground. Conversely, Colorado State's offense relies on the arm of Justin Holland, who completed 62 percent of his passes for 2804 yards, 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

When examining these statistics, it's important to remember who the competition was for each school. For the past few years, Navy has played one of the weakest schedules in college football. This year's version did feature some quality teams, including Notre Dame, Rutgers, Stanford, and Maryland. Colorado State's schedule is somewhat stronger, but not so much so to be of great consequence. The Rams did have more success against the two teams' common opponent, Air Force, but one may be inclined to chalk that up to the military academies' annual rivalry.

So what's my point, as I've now babbled about a bunch of stuff that I say is inconsequential? Well, these two teams are difficult to compare based on past performances. On the other hand, the Naval Academy has the most underrated coach in America in Paul Johnson. Anybody who's been watching this team can attest to this man's genius. Despite the UTEP debacle, I'm going with coaching again.

Prediction: Navy 27 - Colorado State 24
Confidence score: 8
Final: Navy 51 - Colorado State 30

My 2005-06 Record: 3-1 57 pts.

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