Bowl Breakdown: Poinsettia
The bowl season kicks off with one of the hottest teams not named Georgia or USC as Utah battles Navy. The Utes started 1-3 after starting quarterback
Utah's offense may have lost the bite of the
The Midshipmen are without coach
In stark contrast to Navy's potent offense is a defense that was ranked 190th in the nation and gave up more than 40 points seven times, including 59 to Delaware and 62 to North Texas. It seems Navy's best defense has been an offense that's scoring nearly 40 points a game.
Utah has won six straight bowl games dating back to 1999, the second-longest streak in the country, and it's been predicated by defense. During that run, the Utes have held opponents to 27-of-99 on third- and fourth-down conversion attempts. But if Utah is to keep its run alive, it will have to figure out a Navy offense that's similar to the Air Force attack that totaled 334 yards on the ground in beating the Utes 20-12 on Sept. 8. The Midshipmen have unquestionable firepower, but Navy's defensive weaknesses will prove too much against a Utes offense that averaged 33 points and 416.4 yards per game during its seven-game winning streak.