Army vs. Navy: What bettors need to know

Dec 11, 2013 |
Army vs. Navy: What bettors need to know
The Under is 7-0 in the last seven matchups between Army and Navy.
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The Under is 7-0 in the last seven matchups between Army and Navy.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Army Black Knights vs. Navy Midshipmen (-13, 53)

Game will be played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia

One of the oldest rivalries in college football has been a one-sided affair of late - and the early line suggests more of the same is in order as the Army Black Knights visit the Navy Midshipmen in the 114th edition of the Army-Navy game. Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field is the site of the latest battle between the two storied military schools. Navy comes in having won the last 11 matchups, squeaking out a 17-13 decision last year to improve to 57-49-7 in the series.

While the story off the field has been Army's inability to solve the Midshipmen, the focus on the field will be on which team can establish a more robust ground game. The Midshipmen struggled on defense but boasts the second-best rush attack in the nation, averaging more than 323 yards per game. Navy is right behind them at 320 rushing yards per contest, and is led by sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds and his mind-boggling 26 rushing touchdowns.

TV: 3 p.m. ET, CBS
LINE: Navy enters as a 13-point fave, with the over/under set at 53.
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the mid-30s with a 90 percent chance of rain and/or snow. Wind will blow across the width of the field at 6 mph.

ABOUT ARMY (3-8): The Black Knights were set to challenge for their first .500 season since 2010, but dropped four straight games heading into its finale to fall to 8-27 over the past three years. As good as the rushing game has been - eight different players have recorded at least one score on the ground - the passing game averages just 80 yards per outing while generating just four touchdowns in 11 games. Running back Terry Baggett leads the team with 1,072 rushing yards, while quarterback Angel Santiago actually has more yards on the ground (553) than through the air (542).

ABOUT NAVY (7-4): Reynolds had his share of impressive games in 2013 - scoring three or more touchdowns five times heading into mid-November - but saved his best work for the Midshipmen's thrilling 58-52 triple-overtime victory over San Jose State. The Antioch, Tenn., native exploded for 240 yards and seven rushing scores, leaving him one TD shy of the single-season record for a quarterback shared by Ricky Dobbs and Collin Klein. Ten different Navy players scored a rushing touchdown, while the Midshipmen racked up 43 scores on the ground compared to eight through the air.


* Black Knights are 6-21 ATS in their last 27 games following a bye week.
* Midshipmen are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following an SU win.
* Under is 10-1 in Army's last 11 neutral-site games.
* Under is 7-0 in the last seven meetings.

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