Army vs. Navy: What bettors need to know

Dec 9, 2011 |
Army vs. Navy: What bettors need to know
The Midshipmen have won nine straight against the Black Knights.
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The Midshipmen have won nine straight against the Black Knights.
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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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