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Army vs Navy Betting Odds - Navy continues winning streak over Army rivals

Posted by Blake Frazier on 12/7/2009 10:54:43 AM

NCAA Football Odds: Pick Navy -14

football bettingOnline betting players who are fans of the triple option should be ecstatic for Saturday’s annual meeting between Army and Navy, two teams who love to run the ball. Navy has dominated their foes in recent years, and they should roll to another win over their rivals, who have troubles stopping the run.

Army vs Navy Betting Odds: Navy -14
WHAT: NCAA football betting
WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 2:30 PM ET
WHERE: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
KEY STAT: Navy is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 against Army

Army vs Navy betting odds breakdown: What’s On The Line
Army (5-6) has won their last two games, but they’ve lost seven in a row to their rivals at Navy (8-4), who are headed to their seventh straight bowl game. This will be the 110th meeting between the service academies, and Navy leads with a record of 53-49-7 in a rivalry that is suddenly one-sided. Army would love to get up to .500 with a massive victory on Saturday, and not only that, they can keep their faint bowl hopes alive.

Betting Edge: Army

Army vs Navy betting odds breakdown: Offense
The Black Knights have the No.14-ranked rushing attack in the nation spearheaded by freshman pivot Trent Steelman, who has attempted a mere 90 passes this season. Patrick Mealy is Army’s big-play running back in the triple-option, but he was held to 35 yards in a 17-13 win at North Texas. Steelman ran for 123 yards and a score, and he’s only going to get better.

Navy runs their own version of the triple option, ranking third in the nation in rushing. Quarterback Ricky Dobbs and running back Vince Murray carry the load for the Midshipmen, who ran for 248 yards in a 24-17 loss at Hawaii. But like Army, they don’t even bother trying to pass, or tricking you into thinking they’re going to pass. Navy runs, and if you think you can stop it, go ahead.

Betting Edge: Navy

Army vs Navy betting odds breakdown: Defense
Army actually has a decent defense, coming in 17th in the nation, but they’re 66th against the run. They gave up 222 yards on the ground, and 447 in total, against North Texas, but they also forced five turnovers to keep the game within reach. Josh McNary is third in the country with 12.5 sacks, while Stephen Anderson ranks in the top 30 nationally in tackles.

The Midshipmen are 44th in the country in defense, including 60th against the pass, and they were lit up for 366 yards through the air against Hawaii. Ross Pospisol and Tony Haberer will both be playing in their final Army-Navy team, and they lead a group that is will be happy to face another running team.

Betting Edge: Army

Army vs Navy betting odds breakdown: Notable Injuries
Safety Donovan Travis (leg) was hurt early in the North Texas game and didn’t return, so he’s questionable for this week.

Dobbs (knee) has been playing with a cracked kneecap, but he showed no signs of it against Hawaii, running for 127 yards.

Betting Edge: Navy

Army vs Navy betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
The Midshipmen are 14-point favorites, but they’ve struggled against the spread this year, going 4-6-2, including 2-5-2 as a favorite. Army is 3-8 ATS, and 3-5 as an underdog. However, Navy holds a big advantage in this rivalry now, going 8-2 ATS in their last 10 against Army, and the last two wins have come by a combined score of 72-3. This one won’t be like last year’s 34-0 shutout due to Army’s improvement, but Navy does everything Army does even better. The Army defense gives up too many yards on the ground, which is right up Navy’s alley. The Navy defense will give up a few points against the Army attack, but they’ll do enough to just cover the spread in your online sportsbook.

BLAKE’S PICK: Navy -14

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