College Football Odds:
Navy Midshipmen: -11
Opening NCAA Football Odds from Bookmaker
The annual Army-Navy game began back in 1890 with a 24-0 victory by Navy. The historic rivalry game has been played between 113 times with Navy recording 57 wins, Army gathering 49 and the squads tying on seven separate occasions.
While the overall record shows a relatively balanced rivalry that has not been the case in recent memory as the Midshipmen have controlled the college football odds and won 11 straight games against the Black Knights, including a narrow 17-13 victory in 2012.
While Navy has had the better season, Army will once again go for the upset, looking to break Navy’s streak.
On the season, Army has been outscored by an average of 5.4 points per game due in large part to a defense ranked 93rd in points allowed and a dismal passing attack, ranked dead last in passing yards with only 80.5 per game. As such, if the Black Knights are to upset the Midshipmen, they will need to rely on their second ranked rushing attack.
On the ground, the Black Knights have had sixteen separate players record at least one carry on the season. They, however, have been led by a three headed monster of Terry Baggett, Larry Dixon and quarterback Angel Santiago.
Overall, the trio of juniors have combined for 2,312 yards and 23 touchdowns. Baggett leads the team in yards with 1,072 while Santiago leads in scores with nine.
Navy’s game plan against the college football odds has been similar to Army’s on the season. Navy has just been a bit more success.
The Midshipmen have outscored their opponents by an average of 34.4-27.6, but are also extremely running heavy on offense. Overall, the Midshipman rank only one spot ahead of the Black Knights in passing and one spot behind in rushing.
Quarterback Keenan Reynolds is Navy’s offense. As a passer, he has a meager 1,028 passing yards and an 8:2 touchdowns to interception ratio. On the ground, he is dynamic with 1,124 yards and an incredible 26 rushing touchdowns.
Free Prediction – Navy has dominated this rivalry over the past 11 years and is once again clear favorites according to the current college football betting line. Nevertheless, I believe the best pick in this one is on the ‘under.’ Overall, the ‘under’ is 8-0 in the Black Knights’ last eight games in the month of December. In their last seven head-to-head meetings, the Black Nights and middies have played to seven straight low scorers, and I expect that trend to continue in Philly this afternoon.
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