BALTIMORE (AP) — Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo found the routine of watching film of fifth-ranked Ohio State to be cause for consternation as today's season opener drew closer.
"It seems like every time I turn on the tape that team gets better," Niumatalolo said. "Ohio State has always gotten great players but Coach (Urban) Meyer has taken their recruiting to another level since he got there. There are phenomenal athletes at every position on the field."
Navy, in contrast, has only has a handful of players that were offered scholarships by other Football Bowl Subdvision schools. That explains in part why the Midshipmen are two-touchdown underdogs.
The Buckeyes have won 24 straight regular-season games and have national championship aspirations despite losing starting quarterback Braxton Miller to a season-ending shoulder injury.