Ind. Landmines - The Scary Letdown Games
Navy QB Ricky Dobbs
Navy QB Ricky Dobbs
Posted Aug 20, 2009

What are the dangerous games that every Independent team needs to watch out for? These are the ones that might be sandwiched in between two bigger games, they could be the ones late in the season that will be tough to get up for, or they simply could be letdowns.

The Independent Landmine Games

The traps to watch out for

By Pete Fiutak

Landmine Games For Every Team
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It's next to impossible for a team to get up for every game over the course of the long season. It's easy to be jazzed for the big rival or the top five team, but college kids can't remain focused enough to play razor sharp for one game and then maintain the same high level again the next week for the also-ran.

Below are the very dangerous letdown games for each team. These might be sandwich games, games a team and the fans won't take seriously, the game after a big rivalry, the game before a big game, or just a game that the team just won't be stoked for and could turn into a painful loss against a weaker opponent. If you find yourself arguing that these games will be easy, you're jumping into the same trap these teams might fall into. At the very least, these could be tougher tests than your favorite team might think. Sure, the team might win the game, but it might be pushed very, very hard.

-  Army  - Nov. 21 at North Texas
This is a landmine because ... The Mean Green likely won't be all that great, but they should have the offense working better by the end of the season. The Black Knights need to get their own offense rolling as the season goes on, and with three weeks off before the Navy showdown, Army has to use this road trip to make sure everything is sharp. It'll be lucky to come away from Denton with the win.

- Sept. 26 vs. Western Kentucky
This is a landmine because ... Navy can't afford to do its patented play to the competition level thing against a Hilltopper team that'll be desperate to make a statement now that it's in the big leagues. The Midshipmen will be coming off a game at Pitt and are almost certain to be looking ahead to Air Force the following week.

-  Notre Dame - Sept. 5 vs. Nevada
This is a landmine because ...This is the nightmare opener. Nevada is just good enough, at least with its running game, to pull off the win, but it's Nevada, so if the Irish win, there won't be parades and a Charlie Weis contract extension. The Wolf Pack secondary will get torched, but this should stay close throughout. Don't assume the Irish aren't good if it they win in a close call.