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Who, when, where Army's playing

Seasons go by so fast. Seems yesterday Army players were wearing leather helmets to save themselves from career-threatening injuries as they prepared themselves for active duty in the Spanish-American War. The Black Knights' 115th season of football begins Saturday, against Buffalo. Their 12-game schedule includes games against seven teams that finished with winning records last year, including two teams – Stanford and Rice – that won their respective league championships. Army's annual tussle with Navy – the Midshipmen have beaten Army 12 straight if you're keeping score – will be played at M & T Stadium in Baltimore. In between, there are five home games and another at Yankee Stadium. Last season's 3-9 record included losses in Army's last five games, including a 34-7 shellacking by Navy.

Opponent breakdown:

Sept. 6
Site: Michie Stadium, West Point
2013 record: 8-5
Conference: Mid-America (East)
Record vs. Army: 2-1
Last meeting: 2008, Buffalo 27, Army 24
Who to watch: QB Joe Licata played in all 13 games last season, completing 233 of 402 passes for 2824 yards and 24 touchdowns. Nevertheless, Bulls' head coach Jeff Quinn is looking for the running game to be his offense's primary scoring source, led by Anthone Taylor and Devin Campbell.

Sept. 13
Site: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
2013 record: 11-3
Conference: Pac-12 (North)
Record vs. Army: 6-5
Last meeting: 2013, Stanford 34, Army 30
Who to watch: An impressive backfield includes QB Kevin Hogan, 16-3 as a starter; senior running backs Kelsey Young and Barry Sanders (son of the Hall of Fame halfback). Wide receivers Devon Cajuste and Ty Montgomery are both threats. Cajuste set a school-record last season with 22.9 yards per catch; Montgomery had 2208 all-purpose yards, including 61 catches for 958 yards.

Sept. 20
Wake Forest
Site: B B & T Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC
2013 record: 4-6
Conference: ACC (Atlantic Division)
Record vs. Army: 9-4
Last meeting: 2013, Wake Forest 25, Army 11
Who to watch: True freshman John Wolford has been named starting quarterback by first-year coach Dave Clawson. While in high school in Jacksonville, FL, Wolford broke Tim Tebow's state touchdown pass record and also set state records for passing yards and all-purpose touchdowns. In his final game for Bishop Kenny HS he threw for 7 touchdowns and ran for 3 more. He will be the Demon Deacons' first freshman starting quarterback since 1974.

Sept. 27
Site: Yale Bowl, New Haven, CT
2013 record: 5-5
Conference: Ivy League
Record vs. Army: 21-16-8
Last meeting: 1996, Army 39, Yale 13
Who to watch: In his first two seasons as head coach, Tony Reno was strictly reliant on the run game, particularly fullback Tyler Varga. Varga suffered a foot injury last season against Fordham, and he is out indefinitely. In his stead, Kahlil Keys and Chandler Rich must fill in and do so big time.

Oct. 4
Ball State
Site: Michie Stadium
2013 record: 10-3
Conference: Mid-America (West)
Record vs. Army: 3-2
Last meeting: 2013, Ball State 40, Army 14
Who to watch: RB Jahwan Edwards rushed 212 times for 1129 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, and he's back, along with fullback Horactio Banks. Jordan Williams is QB Ozzie Mann's No. 1. target. The defense will be anchored by LB Ben Ingle.

Oct. 11
Site: Michie Stadium
2013 record: 10-4
Conference: Conference USA
Record vs. Army: 2-1-1
Last meeting: 2008, Rice 38, Army 31
Who to watch: WR Jordan Taylor caught 55 passes for 848 yards and 8 touchdowns last season. But the Rice offense will be lessened by the absence of OL Drew Carroll, who had to give up football when he was diagnosed with kidney disease; he requires a kidney transplant.

Oct. 18
Kent State
Site: Dix Stadium, Kent, OH
2013 record: 4-6
Conference: Mid-American (East)
Record vs. Army: 1-2
Last meeting: 2012, Kent State 31, Army 17
Who to watch: As a freshman last season QB Colin Reardon completed 186 of 316 passes for 12 touchdowns and rushed for an additional 430 yards and 2 touchdowns. One teammate Reardon will miss is his center, Jason Bitsko, who died in his sleep Aug. 20.

Nov. 1
Air Force
Site: Michie Stadium
2013 record: 2-10
Conference: Mountain West
Record vs. Army: 33-14-1
Last meeting: 2013, Air Force, 42 Amy 28
Who to watch: The Falcons' offense took a major blow in the middle of last season when three-year starting QB Jaleel Awini was suspended by the team, and subsequently transferred. Nate Romine and Karson Roberts alternated at the position last season, and neither has secured the No. 1 position so far this year.

Nov. 8
Site: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
2013 record: 3-9
Conference: American Athletic
Record vs. Army: 4-1
Last meeting: 2008, Connecticut 21, Army 7
Who to watch: WR Geremy Davis caught 71 passes for 1085 yards and 3 touchdowns. Until either quarterback distinguishes himself, Casey Cochran and Chandler Witmer will alternate at the position.

Nov. 15
Western Kentucky
Site: Houchens Industries Stadium, Bowling Green, KY
2013 record: 8-4
Conference: Sun Belt
Record vs. Army: 1-0
Last meeting: 2013, Western Kentucky 21, Army 17
Who to watch: QB Brandon Doughty completed 246 of 374 yards for 2857 yards and 14 touchdowns. Against Army last season he threw for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Nov. 22
Site: Michie Stadium
2013 record: 12-2
Conference: Patriot League
Record vs. Army: 0-3
Last meeting: 2011, Army 55, Fordham 0
Who to watch: Michael Nebrich blew up the Rams' all-time quarterback stats last season. He threw for a school-record 524 yards against Holy Cross. For the season, he completed just under 75 percent of his passes for 3756 yards and 28 touchdowns, while rushing for an additional 443 yards and 8 touchdowns. He ranked in the top 5 nationally in passing yards per game (325.1); passing efficiency; completions per game; total offense per game; and points-responsible per game (19.8). He was the Patriot League offensive player of the year and finished fifth in voting for the Walter Payton Award, given to the FCS' most outstanding player.

Dec. 13
Site: M & T Stadium, Baltimore
2013 record: 9-4
Conference: Independent
Record vs. Army: 58-49-7
Last meeting: 2013, Navy 34, Army 7
Who to watch: QB Keenan Reynolds passed for 1057 yards and rushed for 1524 more; in the Midshipmen's victory over the Black Knights, Reynolds rushed for 3 touchdowns, on runs of 47, 11 and 1 yard.

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