After a good effort but tough loss to Memphis, Navy is back in action this weekend, hosting its final home game of the 2020 regular season.
The Mids will take on No. 22 Tulsa on Saturday, in a game that was supposed to have been originally played on Nov. 7, but was postponed due to COVID-19 cases within the Academy.
Saturday’s game will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. EST on ESPN2.
It’ll be the fourth time this season that Navy has played on of the ESPN networks. The Mids are 1-2 in previous games on the network this year.
The Midshipmen are 6-1 all-time against Tulsa and have a five-game winning-streak against the Golden Hurricane that dates back to 2015. However, Tulsa is much better this season than it has been in previous years. Under Phillip Montgomery, the Hurricane are 6-1 on the year, with their lone loss coming against then-ranked No. 11 Oklahoma State by just nine points in the season-opener.
Tulsa has beaten UCF and SMU this season, and has a highly-anticipated match-up with No. 7 Cincinnati on Dec. 12. But first up is Navy.
The Mids put forth their best defensive effort of the year on Saturday, holding Memphis to a season-low 10 points, but it was combined with a rough outing on offense. Navy scored just seven points while turning the ball over twice, converting just 2-of-13 third downs and missing a field goal.
Against Tulsa, Navy will need to be as efficient on defense, but much improved on offense to pull off the upset.
A win against the Golden Hurricane could give the Mids some momentum heading into the Army-Navy game.