Odds, expert predictions, uniforms for the 122nd Army-Navy game – The Athletic

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The regular season of college football cannot officially end until the Army-Navy match has been played. The two military service academies met for the first time in 1890, and have faced each other 121 times in total. The Black Knights won the 2020 game with a 15-0 shutout, but the Midshipmen still have a 61-53-7 advantage.

The 122nd Army-Navy game is scheduled for December 11 and will be held at MetLife Stadium with a CBS broadcast starting at 3 p.m. ET. This is the fifth time the match has been played at East Rutherford, with the Navy winning three of those four contests. Take a look at the betting lines and everything you need to know about this year’s game.

The odds are from BetMGM and were updated at 12:00 p.m. EST.

Army vs. Navy at East Rutherford – 3 p.m. on CBS

Team Broadcast Total Moneyline

+240

-7.5

33.5

-300

Records and statistics tend to disappear in the Army-Navy game. But it looks like a losing game for the military. The Black Knights come in at 8-3, on a four-game winning streak. Among those wins was a 21-14 decision against the Air Force. That means the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy will stay at West Point for another year, regardless of Saturday’s outcome, but we’re pretty sure the military would rather win it straight away. All he has to do is beat Navy, which the Black Knights have done four times in five seasons. And, on top of all that, this could be one of the best bands Jeff Monken has had in his eight seasons at West Point. The Army owns the No.2 rushing offense in college football, averaging 301.2 yards per game. He’s also led the nation in average possession time, which probably has something to do with the fact that he’s converted almost 49% of his third tries and over 71% of the fourth tries. What makes this army team so good is balance. It is a top 20 unit and complemented by a top 20 defense.

The Army opened as 7.5-point favorites over the Navy. The total was already insanely low at 36 or 35.5 depending on when you saw it on Monday. It’s still down, now at 33.5. Option delicts in December.

It was an incredibly one-sided rivalry, dominated by wannabes for a long time. Navy scored 14 straight series wins between 2002-15 – they took the top nine in that streak averaging 25.7 points. Over the past five years, the Mids are just 1-4 against Army, and they enter this year’s game at 3-8 for the season. Navy started 1-6 before winning two of their last four games. This is the second consecutive losing season under Ken Niumatalolo and the third in four years after having only one in his first 10 years at Annapolis. So what’s wrong with the Navy? It would be a total absence of offense. The Mids still have a top 10 running game and above average defense, but their 20.4 points per game rank 115th out of 130 teams. Even though they can slow the army down a bit, we’re not sure the Navy has the personnel to rack up enough points in this game.

Both teams always wear great shirts for this game every year. Here is what Army uniforms will look like. The military celebrates the command of the US Army’s special forces and wears camouflage-inspired lightweight jerseys.

And this is what the Navy will look like. Why yes, these look like Air force uniforms. They honor the 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in the world that the United States operates.

Expert prediction

When two military academies clash, I automatically take the money. These matches are low scoring and both teams always use the triple option. There won’t be much tossing in this game. The Army beat the Navy last year 15-0 and won four of the previous five games after being dominated by the Navy for years. The total is set at a comically low 35.5 for this game, but I still take the underside. – Andrew DeWitt, editor of sports betting.

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