Navy set to open against dangerous Delaware squad

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo doesn't need to be put on upset alert.

He is fully aware the type of football that Delaware -- one of the top Football Championship Subdivision teams in the country -- is capable of playing. He has witnessed it first hand.

Niumatalolo was on the sidelines when the Blue Hens beat the Midshipmen in 1995, 1996, 2004 and 2007.

The coach says he doesn't like playing Delaware and has made no secret about the fact. He says he has no doubt that Delaware decided to make a move, "their program could play at the Division I-A level."

He says Delaware is "as good as any of the teams we play."

And the Blue Hens are coming back to Annapolis Saturday for the season opener for both schools.