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Navy Midshipmen vs. South Florida Bulls Pick & Prediction NOV 21TH 2020

ScheduledRaymond James Stadium Tampa

OP
0
55.5
LM
-2.5 -116 | -2.5 -118 | -2.5 -116 | -2.5 -125 | -2.5 -110
55.5o -105 | 55o -110 | 55.5o -110 | 55.5o 100 | 55.5o -115
CU
-2.5 -110
55.5o -115
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-135
115
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Having missed their last two home games due to a COVID-19 outbreak, the Navy Midshipmen got a clear bill of health in the form of negative coronavirus tests, allowing the Midshipmen to come together and prepare for Saturday night's American Athletic Conference game against South Florida in Tampa, Fla.

Plenty of work looms for Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo and his staff to get the Midshipmen (3-4 3-2 AAC) ready to take on the Bulls (1-7, 0-6), who carry a seven-game losing streak that started after a season-opening 27-6 victory over The Citadel on Sept. 12.

Consider that Navy's practice this past Friday (Nov. 13) was its first in-person team activity since Nov. 2. Numerous sources reported that through contact tracing the team could have been without at least 30 members if last Saturday's game against Memphis had proceeded. Tuesday marked the team's first live contact practice since a 51-37 loss to SMU in Dallas on Oct. 31.

Niumatalolo said his squad is fully intact, though he added that his staff hadn't decided on a starting quarterback and would wait until later in the week to go with senior Dalen Morris or junior Tyger Goslin, who split time against SMU.

Morris, who has two rushing touchdowns, is 31-for-58 passing for a team-high 555 yards, three TDs and two interceptions. Goslin has three touchdowns and no interceptions, but has completed just 46 percent of his passes.

"We're going to just try and go with it and make a decision as we get closer," Niumatalolo said. "We have two huddles going and a lot of reps -- it's not like we have just one person getting the reps. We'd love to make (the decision) before Thursday so that quarterback could get all the Thursday reps."

First-year coach Jeff Scott is also glad to have his team back on the field.

Thirteen South Florida players, including half of the team's linebacking corps and graduate transfer quarterback Noah Johnson, missed last week's 56-21 loss to Houston due to the virus and contact tracing.

Johnson, the 2018 SWAC Offensive Player of the Year while at Alcorn State, took every snap two weeks ago against Memphis, and he appeared to secure the position when he went 20-of-29 passing for 217 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-33 loss.

But with Johnson unavailable at Houston, Scott turned to sophomore Jordan McCloud, who went 14-of-29 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. However, the Bulls trailed 28-0 at the half and never recovered.

"(It was) a really disappointing day overall," Scott said. "Probably the only bright spot was coming out after halftime in a very tough situation. I felt like our guys really fought back."

Navy has won two of the three meetings between the schools, including last season's 35-3 win in Annapolis.

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

W 43% L 57%
3 4
  • Memphis L 10 - 7
  • @South Florida D 0 - 0
  • Memphis D 0 - 0
  • Tulsa D 0 - 0
  • @Southern Methodist L 37 - 51
  • Houston L 37 - 21
  • @East Carolina W 27 - 23
  • Temple W 29 - 31
  • @Air Force L 7 - 40
  • @Tulane W 27 - 24
W 0% L 100%
0 8
  • Central Florida L 58 - 46
  • Navy D 0 - 0
  • @Houston L 21 - 56
  • @Memphis L 33 - 34
  • Tulsa L 42 - 13
  • @Temple L 37 - 39
  • East Carolina L 44 - 24
  • @Cincinnati L 7 - 28
  • @Florida Atlantic D 0 - 0
  • @Notre Dame L 0 - 52

Next Games

  • Tulsa(11-07-20) D 0 - 0
  • @Army(12-08-18) L 10 - 17

Last Meetings

  • Midshipmen @ Bulls 0-0
  • Bulls @ Midshipmen 3-35
  • Midshipmen @ Bulls 45-52
  • Bulls @ Midshipmen 17-29

Last Injuries

South Florida Bulls

  • Noah Johnson

    Undisclosed
    Out Fri | out

    Johnson missed the last game due to an unannounced ailment, and he will not play against UCF on Friday.

  • Cade Fortin

    Arm
    Prob Fri | probable

    Fortin has missed the last two games with an arm injury, but he is expected to dress for Friday's clash versus UCF.

  • Johnny Ford

    Illness
    out for season | out

    Ford has left the USF football program and will not play again this season.

  • Brock Nichols

    Undisclosed
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Nichols was absent from the lineup during the last game with an undefined injury, leaving his status against UCF on Friday clouded.

  • Sebastian Sainterling

    Undisclosed
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Sainterling sat out the last game with an injury to an unannounced area. There is no indication if he will play against UCF on Friday.

  • Ben Knox

    Undisclosed
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Knox has missed the last two games due to an unlisted issue, and it remains to be seen if he will suit up Friday against UCF.

  • Stacy Kirby

    Undisclosed
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Kirby was held out of the previous game due to an undeclared reason, and it is up in the air if he will be active Friday against UCF.

  • Katravis Marsh

    Undisclosed
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Marsh is bothered by an undetermined injury, and it is uncertain if he will line up against UCF on Friday.

Navy Midshipmen

  • Michael McMorris

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    McMorris has sat out the last two games with an unspecified injury. It is unknown if he will play Saturday against Tulsa.

  • Tommy Lawley

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Lawley has missed the previous four games due to an undefined ailment, and his availability for Saturday against Tulsa is unknown.

  • Mychal Cooper

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Cooper missed the last game with a undisclosed injury, and it remains to be seen if he will line up against Tulsa on Saturday.

  • Evan Fochtman

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | out

    Fochtman has been sidelined with an undefined injury, and it is uncertain when he will return to the field.

  • Diego Fagot

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Fagot has an ankle injury, and it is undetermined if he will take the field against Memphis on Saturday.

  • Caleb Clear

    Upper Body
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Clear exited the last game with an upper-body injury, and it remains to be seen if he will suit up against Memphis on Saturday.