The Navy Midshipmen (4-7) take on the Army Black Knights (5-6) Saturday in Philadelphia at 3 p.m. ET (CBS). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook‘s lines around the Army vs. Navy odds, and make our expert college football picks and predictions.
The final game of the college football regular season has arrived and the Army-Navy game is always special. Everyone loves this fast-moving, run the ball every down game between 2 great institutions. Always a hard game to call, the best part comes at the end when the opposing teams sing the school songs facing each other’s cadets.
Air Force has already locked up the Commander-in-Chief trophy after beating both teams. But there is only one Army-Navy game. It is not about hatred like Ohio State vs. Michigan. It is simply about pride, honor, respect, and competition. After this game is over, many of these men will be deployed overseas together. But for one day, they are combatants facing off against each other on the playing field. This is not life, it is sports. But what a special sports event it is.
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Army vs. Navy odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated Thursday at 6:59 p.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Navy -140 (bet $140 to win $100) | Army +120 (bet $100 to win $120)
- Against the spread (ATS): Navy -2.5 (-113) | Army +2.5 (-107)
- Over/Under (O/U): 32 (O: -110 | U: -110)
Army vs. Navy picks and predictions
Army 16, Navy 13
BET ARMY +120.
Army started off strong before slipping in the middle of the season. After a 10-9 loss to Troy, the Black Knights trounced Connecticut 34-17 and UMass 44-7 to enter this game 5-6 and hoping to get to .500 for the season.
After a terrible start including a 14-7 loss to Delaware, the Midshipmen have tried to fight until the end. A close 35-32 loss to Notre Dame was followed by a 17-14 win against UCF. A team which landed in the American Athletic Conference Championship game against Tulane.
This game will be a struggle for both teams, but Army is the better side, and they should win this game. As +120 underdogs, I will take the Black Knights moneyline over the spread.
With my feeling that Army will win this game, I will not make a wager on the spread. Instead, I will save .30 and take the moneyline for the Black Knights.
BET UNDER 32 (-110).
Service academy games consistently go Under the posted total. According to CBS Sports, since 2005 the service academy games have a record of 43-9-1 to the Under the posted total. While this is not a certainty, it is a trend I am willing to trust. Under 32 (-110) is my favorite play.
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