Since starting the season 5--1, they've lost three of their last four and dropped from 12th in rushing defense to 40th. Navy pounded SMU for 335 yards on the ground in a 24--17 win.
What we've learned about the Cougars
After sitting out all of 2010, running back Charles Sims (207 rushing yards in a 73--17 blowout of Tulane) has regained the ability that earned him several accolades as a freshman in '09.
What it will mean on Saturday
Off to their best start ever and with a shot at a BCS berth, the Cougars win by four touchdowns, thanks to another statistically robust performance from Heisman candidate Case Keenum.