The final matchup of the 2019 regular season is set to go in the 120th edition of the Army/Navy game that’s set to go down in the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday afternoon in what’s likely to be a frigid Lincoln Financial Field.
- Date & Time
- December 14th, 2019 3:00pm
- Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
- Media Coverage
The final matchup of the 2019 regular season is set to go in the 120th edition of the Army/Navy game that’s set to go down in the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday afternoon in what’s likely to be a frigid Lincoln Financial Field. With the Black Knights being unable to qualify for the second season, this will be Jeff Monken’s kids bowl game for the 2019-20 season. The same can’t be said for Ken Niumatalolo’s troops who’ve already been selected to participate in the Liberty Bowl against Kansas State on New Year’s Eve. That won’t stop the Middies from being hell-bent on snapping a three-game losing streak to their hated rivals. Catch it all unfold live on CBS at 3 ET!
College Football Odds
Black Knights vs. Midshipmen Betting Analysis
The Midshipmen initially hit the board as 9.5-point neutral field favorites with the game total lined at 44. There’s been line movement with both the pointspread and total since. Navy now finds itself installed 10-point favorites even though 59 percent of the bet count has filtered in on the Black Knights plus the points. That lets it be known that the numerous wagers made by public bettors pales in comparison to the amount of money sharp bettors have thrown in the direction of the No. 23 ranked Midshipmen. The most notable line movement has occurred with the total that’s down to 41 and in some places 40 with a whopping 77 percent of the bet count in support of the line move. Considering these hated rivals have played to low scorers in each of the last 10 skirmishes that hardly comes as a surprise. Only three times during that stretch had both teams surpassed 20 points!
Army Black Knights Odds
The Black Knights had their shot of going back to a bowl entering their Week 14 visit to Hawaii where they needed to win to become bowl eligible. Even after Kelvin Hopkins Jr. was forced to leave the game due to a leg injury, Army still kept things interesting. Christian Anderson came on in relief to rush for 114 scoreless yards on 12 carries, but it simply wasn’t enough. Entering the fourth quarter trailing 38-31 as 2.5-point underdogs, the Rainbow Warriors went on to score the game’s final 14 points to secure the 52-31 win and cover. The loss snapped the team’s two-game win streak and dropped them to 5-7 ATS for the season.
Navy Midshipmen Odds
If not for the Memphis Tigers putting forth the best season the program has ever witnessed, Navy would’ve been in the mix for the AAC West Division title. The Midshipmen only suffered two losses in their 11 played regular season matchups. The first occurred against the Tigers in a game they held a 20-14 lead at the break, but failed to log the win or cover in falling 35-23 as 10-point Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium underdogs. The second came in a tune up game for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish who throttled them 52-20 in South Bend. Still, the team bounced back with impressive wins and covers over SMU and Houston to move to 5-1 versus the closing college football odds when favored this season.
Army vs. Navy Prediction
Three season’s worth of pent up aggression is going to be in full display on Saturday when the Cadets and Middies lock horns for the 120th overall time. Before Army rattled off three straight wins and went on to cover two of those matchups the last three seasons, Navy had owned the rivalry in taking each of the previous 14 confrontations; they covered the closing number in eight of those games. Due to the unknown availability of Hopkins Jr. and not knowing how healthy he’ll be even if he gives it the ‘ol college try, I can’t help but lean towards laying the chalk with Malcolm Perry and his mates knowing full well he’ll be attempting to win this rivalry for the first time in this his senior campaign.