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Army vs. Navy: What bettors need to know

Army Black Knights vs. Navy Midshipmen (-7, 58)

The 112th Army-Navy is the only FBS game on the board Saturday and will generate plenty of betting action.

The Midshipmen (4-7, 6-5 ATS) have won nine straight against the Black Knights (3-8, 5-6 ATS) by an average of 22.5 points per game. The nine-game run is the longest streak in series history. Navy has covered the spread in seven of the last nine meetings.

Navy has looked like the superior team again this year and has played better competition. The Midshipmen’s opponents were a combined 58-46. Army’s opponents went 48-55.

Per usual, both squads feature potent ground games. Army leads the nation in rushing at 350.9 yards and needs 140 yards against Navy to become the first team at West Point to rush for 4,000 yards in a season. The Blacks Knights have put up prolific numbers, despite being without starting quarterback Trent Steelman for much of the second half of the season.

Steelman is expected to start against Navy, but isn’t thought to be 100 percent. Freshman Angel Santiago and senior Max Jenkins will backup Steelman.

Both teams have had ample time to prepare, but that hasn’t always helped the Black Knights, who are 5-22 ATS after a bye week.

The game will be played at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

The line

Navy opened as a 7-point favorite and remained there throughout the week. There were a few 7.5s popping up as of Friday but the vast majority of sportsbooks in Nevada and offshore were offering -7.

The total

The total opened at 56, but was up to 58 by Friday. Army is averaging 25.18 and allowing 28.36 points. Navy is averaging 29.91 and surrendering 29.64 points.

The last five meetings have stayed under the total, averaging 36.6 points, and Army has scored a total of two touchdowns in the last four games against Navy.

Weather

Temperatures are expected to be in the low 40s by kickoff with a 13 mph NW wind.

Trends

Army is 9-20-1 ATS in last 30 as an underdog of 3.5-10.
Navy is 10-4 AT in its last 14 games in December.
Under is 10-2 in last 12 games following a bye week.

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Posted by prospectsmine
3 years ago

Sorry, did I forget to mention the last 6 meetings and their last 6 meetings now, all 6 games have gone under the total. Army is 0-6 O/U in their last 6 games in the month of December. Navy is 0-6 O/U on a neutral site as a favorite
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Posted by prospectsmine
3 years ago

For all the detractors, thanks you make this win a little sweeter. Lets see Thurs. , the Browns and Under. Today Army and Under, 2.6 times my money. Stay tuned for my next call.
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Posted by aztecmike
3 years ago

Betting on this, really?There are thousands of enlisted personnel, especially Army, who have played high level highschool football who could beat the crap out of the Lieutenants from both of the ivory tower academies. A Army Iraq or Afghanistan vet with football skills would scare all the officers from both teams, go Black Knights....
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Posted by themyth
3 years ago

This could make the OVER by halftime! Navy 45 - 31 The Myth
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Posted by studiodave
3 years ago

1st half under. GL!
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Posted by KScapping
3 years ago

Under 28.5 First half...locked and loaded
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Posted by rlee0409
3 years ago

Take Army and Over
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Posted by prospectsmine
3 years ago

As a follow up Proctor is practically 50/50 rushing/passing this year, so I wouldn't really say that they rely on the "Triple Option offense". As a side note, Proctor has thrown almost as many interceptions as TD passes.
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Posted by TBONE2222
3 years ago

Money in the bank teaser: Navy -1 New England -2
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Posted by TBONE2222
3 years ago

I usually don't tease but if there is ever a time for one this is it. Biggest bet in a few months. Navy -1 New England -2
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Posted by Mookie
3 years ago

risking streak in Survivor- OVER 57 neither team can stop what they both do=Run Up and down 40 points by half,over total in 3rd quarter Happy Holidays
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Posted by prospectsmine
3 years ago

To BW677 if you take a look at the recent games you don't see the triple option being a major factor with the quarterback out of the equation. More of a double option, and Proctor's passes haven't been on the money. So to make it easier to explain the Under choice, I predicted a running game.
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Posted by ykmichael
3 years ago

I'm just going to take a pass although I may watch it on TV.
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Posted by baskettheme
3 years ago

scottlandua: what does it matter what reason peoplee have for a pick on any certain team? most people just throw numbers out there anyway. if you know anything about capping then all you have to do is read between the lines. good luck to all. I mentioned to you last evening that Steelers play down to mediocre teams and that is why they aren't that good against the spread. good luck to all
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Posted by ILPRATO
3 years ago

With the talent level getting closer between these 2 prideful squads I look for army to break their 9 game skid against the naval academy.
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Posted by ScottLandau
3 years ago

Why do people post a Side or Total in here without a reason why they're going with that Team or Total? What's the point?
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Posted by AJCAcura
3 years ago

1st ammendment
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Posted by prospectsmine
3 years ago

Army has a very stromg running game and will stick with what it does best. Navy has a quartwerback that has been a disappointment this year and has an injured elbow. Therefore, my guess is running game, there too. Running game vs. running game = low score and on paper army comes out on top.
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Posted by Crashdavis565
3 years ago

everyone on the under and the line is going up hmmm
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Posted by AJCAcura
3 years ago

The line was going up and now is dropping... opened at 56 went up to 58 or 58.5 and is now at 57.5 prob will be at 56 again by kickoff
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Posted by AJCAcura
3 years ago

See... one book hadit at 54 at kickoff
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Posted by rabittftinmyass
3 years ago

over over over over
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Posted by prospectsmine
3 years ago

Definitely going Army and Under. Just like Harry Connick Jr. as Capt. Jimmy Wilder says in the movie "Independence Day" 1996; " the Black Knights shall prevail".
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Posted by Streetracer302
3 years ago

Yeah, how'd that work out for Capt. Jimmy Wilder?
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Posted by AJCAcura
3 years ago

I am actually picking Navy -7 and a parlay with the Navy ML and Under 58.5 My thoughts are that both picks should win, but if for some reason Navy doesnt cover 7, They should still win outright it should still be under and I will still make a little money on the game. Hope to win both... I am thinking the score will be something like.... Army 14 Navy 35
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Posted by ILPRATO
3 years ago

"With the talent level getting closer between these 2 prideful squads I look for army to break their 9 game skid against the naval academy."