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There's an area college football team that everyone should be watching ... and it's not Maryland. That isn't to say that you should stop following Maryland if you already do, nor is it to say that you must restrict your local college football viewing to one team. But if you're like me and you're not a diehard college football fan, then you best be checking out Navy if you can.
Last year was an outstanding year for the Midshipmen, and this year should be even better. Heisman Trophy candidate Ricky Dobbs is back, looking to build on an outstanding junior season that saw him run and pass for over 1,000 yards and score 27 touchdowns despite playing hurt. A number of promising running backs join him in Navy's triple-option attack, which will surely confuse many, many teams this year. It's an unconventional attack, and it works.
If Navy can beat Maryland on Labor Day, they could put together a truly special season. Their schedule is soft, and they get Notre Dame at home this year. What happens if they go undefeated, which is not outside the realm of possibility? What happens if Dobbs has an even better year than he did last year? If so, don't be surprised if it's Navy and Dobbs that get the most national buzz of any area team.
Today's must-reads from around the SB Nation network:
- Speaking of Navy, our Maryland blog Testudo Times breaks them down in preparation for that Labor Day clash.
- Also on Testudo Times, an argument that the ACC is (finally) getting better as a conference.
- The Redskins haven't always looked sharp in the preseason, but at least they're trending upward. The same cannot be said for their Week 1 opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, writes Hogs Haven.
- Wizards coach Flip Saunders set out to change Nick Young's style of play last summer. Did he succeed? Bullets Forever says yes, even though Young's production doesn't show it.
- SB Nation's Andrew Sharp writes about Carmelo Anthony, noting that the Wizards took themselves out of the Melo sweepstakes by trading for Kirk Hinrich.