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Houston at Navy
When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 20, 2018
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland

Navy's inconsistent offense will face a big test Saturday when Houston comes to town. Reigning Outland Trophy winner and American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year Ed Oliver is coming off a huge game for the Cougars and has had his way with Navy in the past.

Oliver tied the conference single-game record with five tackles for loss to go with two sacks and a forced fumble last week in the 42-20 win over East Carolina. Navy's triple-option offense is creating a game plan specifically for Oliver. "We've had to spend time preparing for Ed Oliver and (former Pittsburgh star and current NFL player) Aaron Donald is the only other defender we've had to do that for," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said during Monday's teleconference. "You have to think of ways to account for this guy because he's that dynamic and that disruptive." The Cougars, who have won three straight to take first place in the American's West Division, own the nation's longest active streak with six straight games of 40-plus points.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network. LINE: Houston -11.5

ABOUT HOUSTON (5-1, 2-0 American): D'Eriq King (1,571 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, three interceptions, 225 rushing yards, eight TDS on the ground) leads a balanced Cougar team that is fourth nationally in total offense (552.8 yards) and third in scoring (48.7 points). Seven other Cougars have rushed for a touchdown as Houston averages 246.8 yards on the ground. Marquez Stevenson (32 catches, 472 yards) and Keith Corbin (20 catches, 394 yards) each have six touchdown receptions.

ABOUT NAVY (2-4, 1-2): The Midshipmen, who are losers of three straight, use three different quarterbacks and have not named a starter for Saturday's game. Malcolm Perry (team-high 105.3 rushing yards, six touchdowns) moved to slotback to fill in for injured CJ Williams and Keoni-Kordell Makekau (31 rushing yards). Garret Lewis (183 rushing yards, four touchdowns) made his second career start at quarterback in last week's loss to Temple while Zach Abey (seven rushing TDs) had his short-yardage and goal-line attempts limited by a leg injury.


1. Oliver (46 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, two sacks this season) had a career-high 14 tackles - including 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks - in last year's win against Navy.

2. Houston is third in the American in rushing defense (120.5 yards) while Navy leads the league in rushing offense (303.7 yards).

3. Following Houston, Navy's next three opponents (No. 4 Notre Dame, No. 21 Cincinnati and No. 9 Central Florida) have a combined 19-0 record.

PREDICTION: Houston 37, Navy 20
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Houston 5-1 W3 48.7 28.0 3-0 2-1 1-0 3-0 2-0
Navy 2-4 L3 28.0 31.8 2-1 0-3 0-1 0-0 1-2
Last Meeting
Houston Navy
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/24/17 NAVY 14 HOU 24 380 103 277 291 217 74
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Houston D. King 77.8 277 1 0
Navy Z. Abey 50.0 45 0 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Houston D. King 16 57 3.6 2
Navy M. Perry 15 82 5.5 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Houston S. Dunbar Jr. 8 142 17.8 1
Navy T. Carmona 1 40 40.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Houston D. King 2
Navy A. Gargiulo 1
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Houston D. King 63.0 1571 20 3
Navy G. Lewis 41.7 211 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Houston P. Carr 58 362 6.2 1
Navy M. Perry 117 632 5.4 6
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Houston M. Stevenson 32 472 14.8 6
Navy C. Williams 6 148 24.7 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Houston D. King 8
Navy Z. Abey 7
Quickchart Matchup
Houston Houston Off vs  Navy Navy Def
Houston 552.2 yards
Navy 395.3 yards
Houston 6.2 yards/rush
Navy 5 yards/rush
Houston 8.3 yards/attempt
Navy 7.5 yards/attempt
Navy Navy Off vs  Houston Houston Def
Navy 365.3 yards
Houston 475.5 yards
Navy 5.1 yards/rush
Houston 2.8 yards/rush
Navy 6.2 yards/attempt
Houston 7.5 yards/attempt