We’re getting deeper into the college football season, which means we’re going to see more and more rivalry games. The lead-up to a rivalry game can be a good spot to go against a team, but keep an eye on that game right after, especially if the rivalry game ended in emotional heartbreak or jubilant triumph.
Some of those make the cut this week, but a lot of other games hold interest from a situational standpoint in Week 9. You may also want to start paying attention to the standings to see what teams’ bowl prospects look like. That was a contributing factor in mentioning Middle Tennessee in a bit of a strange spot last week. Some games amount to must-wins in hopes of going to a bowl, and all these kids want a chance in that postseason spotlight.
Here are some situational spots for Week 9.
Navy at Tulsa (-11, 47)
The odyssey of this year’s Navy team has been quite a tale. After scoring seven points against Marshall and three against Air Force to open the season, athletic director Chet Gladchuk went over the head of Ken Niumatalolo and fired longtime offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper. After some lobbying from Niumatalolo, Jasper was reinstated as the quarterbacks coach.
Since then Navy has gone just 1-4 but was extremely competitive in losses to ranked SMU and Cincinnati. With a big game against Notre Dame in Week 9 and the de-facto bowl game with Army vs. Navy, what do we get from the Middies here after that close loss to Cincinnati?