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Enemy Lines: Season 3, Part 1

Published: September 29, 2009, 8:54 am, by admin

Whenever I can, I like to have people who know more about college football than me – like the BlogDog, for instance – contribute to the blog.

This week, I’ve got another contributor whose football knowledge puts me to shame.

For the third season, I’ll be trading Air Force-Navy e-mails with Christian Swezey, one of my good friends from back home (Washington, D.C.), and posting them here.

Sweze has covered Navy since 2001, first for The Washington Post and now for GoMids.com and Navysports.com. He’s followed the Midshipmen even longer. He has terrific insight about Navy and is an incredible historical source for college football in general and service academy football in particular.

Here’s the initial e-mail in our exchange …

Sweze,

Before I get to Air Force-Navy, I thought I’d let you know that I’ve been wearing out my firedansnyder.com t-shirt the last few weeks.

Anyway, to the game …

Folks around here obviously were impressed with Navy’s effort at Ohio State in the opening week of the season. Since then the Midshipmen have sandwiched two wins – over Louisiana Tech and Western Kentucky – around a loss to Pitt. I’d argue Navy’s loss to OSU was its best performance of the season, but I’m curious what you think.

Also, Air Force is 3-1, but it’s difficult to say how good the Falcons are because their three victories came against dreadful teams (Ramsey referred to them as “The Three Stooges.”). Do we know how good Navy is and how it stacks up with Navy teams from the last few years?

Finally, one thing that will be discussed often this week is the confidence factor. Air Force used to have it, when it was winning the CIC seemingly every year, and Navy probably has it now with six straight victories. How big is that factor?