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Army-Navy: What bettors need to know

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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Posted by CRS
2 years ago

This game in itself is the one single game of the year which everyone should take pride in watching and enjoying what these fine young men stand for. I for one will not bet the game and enjoy it for it's history and honor. I just wanted to give my thanks and congradulations for the men and women or our armed forces for the fine work they do. May God Bless them today and their future endevors in the service. Thank You and may God keep them safe.
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Posted by sosoon
2 years ago

Every year i got srew to play armay simply because of the navy ground game / offence style. They alway took off the clock like 30 min in the game and tired the army defence. So as history repeat himself often. Navy -7 GL all
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Posted by warcameagle56
2 years ago

Everytime Ive bet Navy in this series Ive won..In 25 yrs Ive neverf lost this game prfob betting a dozen times.Today seems alnost too easy.I think every football fan should watch at least a half of this game.
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Posted by bigbooze
2 years ago

OVER IS THE BEST PLAY
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Posted by nc1capper
2 years ago

Was somebody really "on" the raiders, classic stuff
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Posted by rarafromphilly
2 years ago

navy.its simple.
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Posted by bilsfn15
2 years ago

this game kind of reminds me of the NFL game thursday night...all the people who were on the "home dog" Raiders in a division game...just b/c they are rivals doesn't mean the game is going to be close...much like the game the other night both teams are on the opposite ends of the spectrum. Navy covers this with a DD win like the have in 4 of the last 5
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Posted by SportsPredictor
2 years ago

Army over Navy by 11 points! Big Time Bet! (see full analysis of game posted on the Army/Navy Match-Up board)
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Posted by I_Need_A_Detox
2 years ago

Army +250 ML
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Posted by SportsPredictor
2 years ago

"Army over Navy by 11 points! Big Time Bet! (see full analysis of game posted on the Army/Navy Match-Up board)"