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EagleBank BOWL
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Navy Navy (8-4)
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Wake Forest Wake Forest (7-5)
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Location: Washington, DC
Date: Saturday, December 20
Time: 11:00 am EST
TV: ESPN

Game Preview

by Mike Mitchell

Two of the first three games on this season's bowl schedule are brand new affairs - the EagleBank Bowl and the St. Petersburg Bowl.

The EagleBank Bowl is a rematch of a regular season game that Navy won 24-17 in Winston-Salem on September 27.

In its' first season under head coach Ken Niumatalolo, the Midshipmen continued their tradition of a dominant running game. Navy topped that category for the fourth consecutive year with an average of 298.33 yards per game, but the highest-ranked single rusher was Shun White at 47th with 85.08 ypg. Eric Kettani was close behind at 77.67 ypg.

Navy threw the ball just 86 times all year, completing 51.2 percent for a paltry 760 yards.

Wake Forest only ran for 1,339 yards as a team, while Riley Skinner threw for 2,181 yards.

Defensively, Wake ranks 21st at stopping the run and Navy ranks just 77th at stopping the pass.

In the regular season game, Skinner was intercepted four times and fumbled once.

Navy is 3-6 all-time against the Demon Deacons, and the win this season was its' first in the series since 1996 after suffering four straight losses.

This marks the Middies' sixth consecutive bowl appearance, but not one was even in existence when Paul Johnson took over the program in 2002 and began rebuilding the program.

Wake Forest is making a third straight bowl appearance.

The EagleBank Bowl will air at 11am eastern time on ESPN Saturday, December 20. The venue is RFK Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C.