College Football Odds Week 4 - Army Black Knights vs Buffalo Bulls

Army Black Knights players

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, September 22, 2016 5:01 PM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 22, 2016 5:01 PM UTC

Here's hoping you bought "stock" in the service academies this season as the three of them are unbeaten. Army looks for a rare 4-0 start when the Black Knights visit Buffalo on Saturday. They are -13.5 NCAA odds with a total of 51.

Cadets Among Early Success Stories
There's a long way to go, but Army's Jeff Monken, in his third season, has to be in the conversation for National Coach of the Year. Army, an independent, already has matched last year's win total. This from a team that has finished with more than five wins once this century: a 7-6 mark in 2010. Maybe this year's Army-Navy game will finally be interesting.

This has been an emotional week, no doubt, for all the Army players and coaches as on Monday they attended the funeral of starting cornerback Brandon Jackson. He died the day after Army's Week 2 win over Rice in a single-car accident. In a classy move, the entire Navy coaching staff also attended Monday's funeral.

Army could have been a bit flat last week because of Jackson's death, but the Black Knights went to UTEP and trashed the Miners 66-14, scoring on every possession for their first 3-0 start since 1996. Like Navy and Air Force, Army is triple-option run-heavy team and the Cadets had 426 yards rushing against UTEP and held the ball for nearly 42 minutes. Army only attempted eight passes, which is about the norm, but hit seven for 174 yards and a TD. The 66 points were Army's most against a current FBS school since 1944. You know Army is going to be disciplined and it has yet to turn the ball over this year while forcing seven turnovers.

Monken's first game as Army coach was a 47-39 home win over Buffalo in 2014. The Cadets rushed for 341 yards that day. Incidentally, Monken was the wide receiver and tight ends coach at Buffalo from 1992-94.

Army is 3-0 ATS on college football odds and 1-2 O/U.


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Bulls Looking For First Win
Buffalo, a Mid-American Conference school, is looking for its first win following a 22-16 home loss to FCS school Albany on Sept. 2. The Bulls were off in Week 2 and then lost 38-14 at Nevada last week -- the Wolf Pack are somewhat similar in their offensive attack as Army. Nevada finished with 352 yards on the ground and 521 yards of offense.

Buffalo was no slouch on the ground with 231 yards rushing but had possession for only about 20 minutes; the Wolf Pack had five touchdown drives of 72 yards or more. Bulls QB Tyree Jackson was 7-for-22 passing for 130 yards and a TD. Jordan Johnson rushed 17 times for 87 yards and a score and caught a 57-yard scoring pass from Jackson. He was the first freshman quarterback to start for the Bulls since Joe Licata in 2012.

Against Army, UB will attempt to rush for at least 200 yards in the first three games of a season for the first time since joining the FBS in 1999. Obviously, for Buffalo to win, it has to stop the run, but the Bulls are 114th nationally in allowing 238.5 yards per game on the ground.

The Bulls are 0-2 ATS on college football picks and 1-1 O/U.


Final Analysis
Some of SBR's best sportsbooks have this at 14, so give the 13.5 while you can. Go 'over.' Army is 4-1 ATS in its past five vs. the  MAC. Buffalo is 8-20 ATS in its past 28 vs. teams with a winning record. The 'over' is 5-0 in Buffalo's past five after a loss. 


Free NCAAF Picks: Army -14
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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