Army is 9-2, But an Unimpressive 9-2

WEST POINT, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Army Black Knights head coach Jeff Monken waits to lead his team onto the field prior to the College Football game between the Virginia Military Institute Keydets and the Army Black Knights on November 16, 2019 at Michie Stadium in West Point, NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Army has been social media’s darling over the last two days. After not earning a bowl invitation, many came to the team’s defense due to their 9-2 record. However, though they certainly deserve a bowl spot with nine wins, let’s not be quick to claim them as a “special” team. Once you break down their schedule, those nine wins turn from “impressive” to more of a “meh” reaction.

Who are the nine teams that Army beat in 2020? Middle Tennessee State, Louisiana-Monroe, Abilene Christian, The Citadel, UTSA, Mercer, Georgia Southern, and Navy. That slate really puts a damper on that nine-win mark, doesn’t it?

Both of their losses were by double digits – by 14 to Cincinnati, and 26 to Tulane. Throughout the season, nobody really talked about them, and that is now understandable. This schedule is honestly mediocre at best. Lacking a Power 5 team, and really a significant win, this team has no more excitement around them other than their record.

Of course, this is just a surface deep evaluation of the Black Knights. We will take a look at their statistics and what we can expect from them going into the game. However, until we take that dive, we are not impressed with this team. All due respect to the gentleman on the team who will one day serve our great country, but this is College Football, and that schedule won’t raise any eyebrows.

I’m sorry, but I just don’t understand the hype at the moment.