Army-Navy: What bettors need to know

Dec 7, 2012 |
Army-Navy: What bettors need to know
Navy has beaten Army 10 straight times.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Navy has beaten Army 10 straight times.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Navy vs. Army (6.5, 56)

The Army-Navy game is one of the most traditional and enduring rivalries in college football. This Saturday marks the 113th annual game between the storied rivals from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Navy has beaten Army 10 straight times - the longest run in the history of the series. The last time Army defeated Navy was back in 2001.

“The rivalry is based on the love of the game,” Navy LB Brye French told the Washington Post on Thursday. “We’re not going to be signing contracts after the season to play in the NFL. We’re playing because we love the game, and we’re playing for our brothers. We have the utmost respect for them (Army). We’re very similar.”

This is the biggest game of the season for both teams. Navy and Army both beat Air Force this year, so the Commander in Chief’s Trophy will be on the line for the first time since 2005.

TV:
3 PM, ET, CBS

LINE: Navy -6.5, O/U 56

WEATHER:
Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the mid-50s with a 25 percent of showers at Lincoln Financial Field. Winds will be calm.

ABOUT NAVY (7-4): After losing three of its first four, the Midshipmen (7-4) turned their season around with a 28-21 victory in overtime at Air Force, which is also the game when freshman Keenan Reynolds took the helm at QB. Navy has won five of six games since, qualifying for its ninth bowl game in 10 years. Slotback Gee Gee Greene has been doing it all for the Midshipmen this season. The senior is a big-play threat who averages 7.2 yards per carry and 20 yards per reception. He’s also the team’s leading rusher and receiver.

ABOUT ARMY (2-9): The Black Knights have had a dramatic season full of lows but enjoyed two incredible successes - a 34-31 win over Boston College and a 41-21 victory over Air Force. Army boasts the nation’s top-ranked rushing attack (369.8 yards per game), but stopping opponents has been its downfall this season. Quarterback Trent Steelman will play the final game of his record-setting career on Saturday. The senior has racked up 1,152 yards on the ground – the most in a single season for an Army QB. His 16 rushing TDs are also the most for a QB in a single season in school history.

TRENDS:

* Midshipmen are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
* Black Knights are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
* Under is 6-0 in the last six meetings.
* Under is 5-0 in Navy’s last five December games.

EXTRA POINTS:


1. Navy will wear helmet stickers in support of freshman quarterback Ralph Montalvo, who was seriously injured in a single-car accident Thanksgiving night in his hometown of Miami.

2. Navy is bound for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against Arizona State on Dec. 29 in San Francisco.

3. Army has not claimed the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy since 1996 and has won it just twice in the past 25 years.

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