One of the best rivalries in College Football is back when the Navy Midshipmen meet the Army Black Nights for the 123rd meeting.
Both teams have had disappointing seasons, but the records go out the window when these two take the field.
Navy is coming off a big win over then No. 20 ranked UCF, snapping a two-game losing streak and improving to 4-7 on the season.
Army easily handled UMass and UConn to close out the season, and after winning four of their last six games have a chance to get to six wins despite a 1-4 start.
Continue reading for more early predictions, CFB Odds, and betting tips for Army vs Navy.
Army vs Navy Odds
The spread is listed at a pick ’em, and on a neutral site, it’s clear that these two teams are evenly matched.
Even in years where one of the two is a significant favorite, these games always seem to be close and low-scoring.
The Over/Under is currently set at 33, which will be one of the lowest of the season, and if it holds, is the second-lowest total in college football since 1995.
With these two teams going Under in their last 10 meetings, the Over/Under continues to dip lower every year.
Army vs Navy Implied Totals
Army 16.5, Navy 16.5
With the spread at a pick ’em on a neutral site, the oddsmakers predict a close, low-scoring game that could go either way.
Neither team is going to put the ball in the air much, and we’ll see them utilize their triple-option flexbone offenses.
As both teams are familiar with the offenses - and with each other - the oddsmakers expect the defenses to be plenty prepped in how to slow down the offensive attacks.
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Army vs Navy Prediction
Navy 21, Army 17
Navy was able to pull off a significant upset last season, and I believe they’re able to pull through and win again this season.
The Midshipmen lost star quarterback Tai Lavatai for the season, and have since thrown the ball even less. In the win over UCF, Navy attempted just one pass.
This Navy offense is still one of the best rushing attacks in the county and even against a team familiar with the triple-option offense, should be able to run the ball effectively.
Sophomore running back Daba Fofana will get the majority of the workload for the Midshipmen rushing attack, as he has 749 yards and six touchdowns this season.
Army has been a solid defense this season, allowing 23 points per game. But it’s been in large part thanks to their secondary.
The run defense has struggled all season long allowing 193.5 rushing yards per game.
And the Army secondary will be a non-factor in a game that could consist of less than five combined pass attempts.
Army’s offense has had an up-and-down season, but they’re coming off back-to-back games of 30-plus points. Granted those games came against UMass (106th in scoring defense) and UConn (61st in scoring defense).
Quarterback Tyhier Tyler has retaken over the responsibilities after being injured earlier in the season, and has scored six rushing touchdowns in the last three games. Tyler has attempted just 16 pass attempts but leads the team in rushing with 601 yards on the year.
Army vs Navy Bet Tips
Before you make your CFB Bowl Game best bets, consider these Army vs Navy betting trends before placing your wagers:
- The total has gone Under in the last 10 Army-Navy meetings.
- Army and Navy are the second and third worst passing attacks in the nation.
- Army is second in the nation in rushing yards per game, Navy is seventh.
- Navy has covered the spread in seven of their last nine games.
- Army has covered the spread in five straight games.
Army vs Navy Best Bets
Over 33 Total Points (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
Even though Army and Navy are familiar with each other’s offenses, I think this is the year that breaks the 10-year Under streak.
Betting the Over has been a profitable endeavor for these two teams with Navy totals going Over in five of their last seven, and Army in four of their last six games.
Both teams have had their issues on defense, especially Army, who is allowing 203.9 rushing yards per game.
With this low an Over/Under, it won’t take much to go Over, and I think both teams will look to execute a couple of flashy plays to catch the defense off guard.
Navy Moneyline (-110) at BetMGM Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
Army-Navy games are generally close games decided in the trenches, and I believe the Army defensive line is simply not ready for the Navy offense.
Army has relied on their secondary to lead the defense, and they will not play much of a factor in this game.
Navy dominates the trenches and breaks off a couple of long runs to secure the win in this rivalry game.
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