No. 24 Navy was able to shock the world two weeks ago by upsetting a perviously Houston team 46-40. This week, Navy has a critical matchup inside the American Conference's Western division, facing Memphis on Saturday. Both teams enter undefeated and sitting tied for first in the Western division. Navy will face the East leader USF next week.
These two teams met for the first time last season, in Memphis. The Midshipmen completely ran over the Tigers, winning 45-20. It was an upset victory for Navy, who came in unranked against Memphis, who was the No. 13 team in the country at the time. The win also ended the Tigers' 15-game win streak.Given that Memphis enters this game as just a 2-point favorite, Saturday's game will likely be a close one.
How to watch, stream, and listen
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network. John Sadak and Randy Cross will be on the call with Sheehan Stanwick Burch on the sideline.
Online streaming: The game can be streamed through CBSSports.com.
Spread: Memphis is just a 2-point favorite.
Three big things to know
1. Navy plays very well at home: Navy is riding a 13-game home win streak, one that dates all the way back to the 2014 season. The 13-game home winning streak marks as the third-longest streak in the country, behind Clemson and Air Force. Memphis has never played Navy at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, which will present a new, unique challenge.
2. Memphis' defense can get after the ball: The Tigers have been able to get 18 takeaways so far this season. That's a big improvement from 2015, where Memphis forced 22 turnovers in 13 games last season. The Tigers defense has at least one takeaway in each game this season. Navy has lost six turnovers so far this season, which ranked 13th in the country.
3. Navy is effective at running the ball: This is a common trend among triple option teams like the Midshipmen, but Navy is actually not running at the high level it usually does. The 262 yards per game is good for 13th in the country, but if it holds it would actually be the program’s lowest rushing average in the triple option era, per Navy's game notes.