Army vs. Navy December 10 Betting Preview
For the previous 20 years, beyond the pageantry of a typical Army-Navy game, fans could typically count on one or both of the teams being solid programs. Usually, the historic rivalry game was a nice boost before bowl season. But this season, neither Army or Navy will be going bowling.
The Black Knights finished the season 5-6, but won’t be eligible even with a win because Army has two wins over FCS opponents. After only having two non-bowl-eligible seasons between 2003 and 2018, things have gotten far off track for Navy. The Midshipmen are 4-7 this season and have now finished with a losing season in four of the past five years.
But, the Navy could salvage some of the disappointment with a win over its long-time rival. Here’s a look at what to expect from Army and Navy.
Back In Philadelphia
The Army-Navy game being played in Philadelphia just feels right. The Midshipmen and Black Knights have met 122 times in their respective histories, with 89 of those games being played in the City of Brotherly Love. Navy leads the all-time series 62-53-7.
The Midshipmen upset Army last season, but the Black Knights have had a solid run against Navy recently. Army has won four of the previous six meetings between the two schools.
You can have any offense you like, as long as it's the option.
Army and Navy are both typically in the top 10 in the NCAA in rushing because of the style of offense they play. The Black Knights are second nationally in rushing yards per game, putting up 304 per contest. Army has been successful in finishing off drives, putting up 29.4 points per game.
What has troubled the Black Knights is their run defense. Army allows 193.6 yards per game, which ranks 115th nationally. Navy’s offense hasn’t been nearly as potent. The Midshipmen average 293.5 rushing yards per game, which ranks seventh nationally.
Navy only puts up 22.4 points per game, which is 104th in the nation. The Midshipmen have been solid against the run, only allowing opponents to gain 85.4 yards per game, which is fourth-best nationally.
What To Make Of The Game
Don’t rub your eyes when you see the over/under for this game. It’s true that a college football game in 2022 could have such a low total. The line has been set at 32 points, and that is likely a fair number. In four of the past five years, the game has produced 30 or fewer points. Navy is a three-point favorite in this game, while the Midshipmen are (-148) on the moneyline and Army is (+120). This game is purely for pride and bragging rights, as a victory won’t get either team a bowl victory.
The question for this game; is Navy getting too much credit for an upset win over UCF? The Midshipmen did lose to FCS Delaware this season. This may be a good spot to grab the Black Knights at plus money to win and finish the season .500.
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