Traditional rivalry game between Navy and Army will take place this Saturday, this is how the regular season will come to an end. This time the game will be played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
A game that’s always entertaining and important has a chance to be even better this season.
The selection committee was pleased to see Navy get taken out by Temple in the AAC championship game because if Navy had won, it would have thrown an enormous wrench into the bowl selection process. Luckily, that did not happen and the annual Army/Navy game now has no implications for bowl season.
The Midshipmen try for their 15th consecutive victory over Army but must do so without key injured players, including senior quarterback Will Worth and senior running back Toneo Gulley as they suffered season-ending foot injuries in the 34-10 loss to Temple for the AAC title Dec. 3.
Navy sophomore quarterback Zach Abey makes his first career start and while he will probably produce less than Worth (1,198 rushing yards, 25 touchdowns on the ground), he’s ready for the challenge, telling reporters: “It is going to be a big responsibility and I will be up for it.” Abey saw his first career action in the last three games, rushing for 197 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries while all his passing numbers – 7-of-13 for 104 yards and two interceptions – came against Temple. The Black Knights have three weeks to prepare for the Midshipmen after rushing for 504 yards in a 60-3 victory over FCS member Morgan State on Nov. 19 and boast the No. 2 ground attack in the nation at 328.9 yards per game with Navy third at 327.5. President-elect Donald Trump will be on hand to witness the first meeting between winning teams since 2010, but won’t see much passing as the clubs each average less than 11 attempts.
The Midshipman opened as 8.5-point favorites and that line has slowly been dropping all week to 6.5 Thursday afternoon. The line opened at 48 and has faded one full point to 47. Get all the latest Betting and Sport News updates on your social media outlets. Find us on both Facebook and Google+!
Navy has won 14 straight games against Army but the last 2 games have been close.
Navy is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games against Army.
The total has gone UNDER in Army’s last 9 games against teams with winning records.
Army +8.5. It’s just too hard to trust Navy to cover this spread right now. First of all, Navy’s defense has been very friendly to its opponents for most of the season, so even if Army’s offense isn’t potent, it should be able to find enough success. The larger concern, however, is the fact that Navy will be on its third quarterback of the season with Zach Abey. The odds are good that Navy will still be able to extend its winning streak, but 8.5 points just feels like too large a gap for this game. Before the NCCAF regular season officially ends make your betting predictions, sign up now at HeritageSports.eu