College Football Betting Matchup: Army Cadets vs. Navy Midshipmen

College Football Betting Matchup: Army Cadets vs. Navy Midshipmen
Site: Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia
Date/Time: Saturday, December 12 – 3 PM ET

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Pointspread: Navy -21.5 (-101), Army +21.5 (-109)
Total: 50 points (-105 either way)

The Army-Navy rivalry has not necessarily been a very competitive one in recent years, with the Midshipmen winning 13 straight meetings. But Army has managed to keep things within the number in four of the last six encounters. This game often attracts rough weather, and the game has gone under the total the last nine times it has been played.

The key man for Navy is quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who is honing in on the NCAA record for most touchdowns scored and has just recently become the all-time king in terms of rushing touchdowns with 83. There are some people who suspected that he might be a Heisman Trophy finalist, but he did not make the cut for the top three, and thus will not be taking a helicopter directly to the Downtown Athletic Club after the game.

BetAnySports customers can see that what makes Reynolds different than the usual signal-caller at a service academy is that he can throw the ball a little. Not that Navy has an aerial circus going on, but Reynolds does have 964 yards, and his top receiver (by far) is Jamir Tillman, who has averaged 21.3 yards per catch. When teams like this throw the ball, it often catches the opponent off-guard, and they usually go for a big play.

The bread and butter, of course, is the running attack, which has produced 330 yards a game. That is second best in the country. And Army has some soft spots in its defensive front, as the Cadets have surrendered 4.5 yards per carry. That represents another difference between these squads, as Navy has done a better job against the run (3.9 ypc allowed) and has done it against better competition.

Indeed, the Middies joined up with a conference for the first time (the AAC) and did quite well, holding the lead until a 52-31 loss to Houston in their last game. Now the Cougars, who won the conference title game over Temple, are headed to a “New Year’s Six” bowl game, while Navy finds itself having been invited to the Military Bowl, where it will play Pittsburgh.

BetAnySports patrons should not expect Army to try moving the ball through the air all that much, even if they get slowed down on the ground. This is not a team that is all that skilled through the air; Ahmad Bradshaw, the starting quarterback, has completed just 23 of his 48 passes and has had only one touchdown throw since the season opener, a 37-35 loss to Fordham.

If it is a matter of who will get the breaks, that category will likely be owned by Navy as well. The Midshipmen have a sizzling +14 turnover ratio, and they have committed fewer giveaways than any other team in the country, while Army sits with a minus-8 ratio.

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