Black Knights Roll over Middies in the 118th Edition of the Army vs. Navy Classic

Army vs Navy

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 6:29 PM GMT

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 6:29 PM GMT

The 118th edition of the annual Army vs. Navy game kicks off at 3:00 PM Eastern this Saturday and there isn’t a more compelling game in all of college football. But let’s put nostalgia aside and get on the sharp side of our college football picks.

Army (8-3 SU, 5-6 ATS) vs. Navy (6-5 SU, 6-4-1 ATS)

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Free College Football Pick: Army +3 ½Best Line offered: at 5Dimes
  • Navy is 1-3-2 ATS in their last six games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
  • Navy is 3-4 ATS after a bye week over their last seven occurrences.
  • Army is 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game.
  • Army is 4-0 ATS in their last four neutral site games as an underdog of 3.5-10.0.
  • Army is 4-1 ATS in their last five games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
  • Army is 6-2 ATS in their last eight games in December.

Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, will be the venue for this 118th meeting between the Black Nights and the Midshipmen. As always, there will be equal parts rooting for both squads in this neutral site showdown and it will feature plenty of ground-and-pound as Army pits their the No. 1 ranked rushing attack against the Navy’s No. 2 rushing offense.

These squads are similar in that they rely heavily on ground attack formations with virtually no regard for their passing game. Both schools average less than 100 yards passing per game yet both average 30 points per game. They may be one dimensional offenses but it works against mediocre and weak opponents. However, the one big difference between the two is defense. Army has one and Navy doesn’t as evidenced by the 21.6 points allowed for Army (30th) versus 29.2 (85th) for Navy.

Army has also had plenty of time to rest and prepare for this game having last taken the field in a 52-49 loss to North Texas on November 18th snapping a six-game winning streak. On the flipside, Navy has lost their last two and averaged only 15.5 points per game in those contests.

The college football odds are reflecting the wrong favorite in this one. Army has covered in five of their last six meetings with Navy and won last year’s game 21-17. I say the Black Knights rule again this year and advise putting Army in your college football picks.

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