The theme: Stan Brock took over this season for Bobby Ross as head coach. As an assumption in recommending Brock, Ross believed his son Kevin would stay on as the offensive coordinator. Army hired Brock; Brock canned Kevin -- possibly a sign that there's a new scheme coming.
David Pevoto won the starting quarterback job over Carson Williams, in what one has to consider an upset. Williams, a sophomore, has upside and played well at times after taking over the job last season. Pevoto, a senior, showed more consistency during camp, Brock said.
In the end, this will be a running team. The new wishbone offense will include three backs, one receiver and a tight end. It makes running the option possible on every play and to either side. It works well to emphasize Army's backfield depth. They also want a fullback on the field to make up for blocking deficiencies among a new offensive line.
The key players: WR Jeremy Trimble, RB Wesley McMahand, QB Pevoto
The weaknesses: Offensive line, wide receivers, quarterback
How the Zips can stop them: Take advantage of the Zips' team speed in ball hawking. It shouldn't be terribly difficult to cover Trimble, keep an eye on the tight end and send everyone else on the field after McMahand on every play. The wishbone offense is not terribly complicated to defend. I would be surprised if Army is able to sustain any drive longer than 40 yards.