Navy Midshipmen (3-9) vs. Army Black Knights (9-2)
December 8, 2018 3:00 PM ET (Lincoln Financial Field)
Line: Navy Midshipmen +248 Army Black Knights -270
Spread: Army Golden Knights -7
Free NCAA Football Pick Navy Midshipmen vs. Army Golden Knights
The Navy Midshipmen will end a streak of six straight bowl games this season as the Midshipmen have had their worst season under head coach Ken Niumatalolo. Navy’s defense has been the main reason for their struggles this year allowing 34.92 points per game and 249 passing yards per game in addition to 189 rushing yards a game. Their defense has been worse on the road with the team allowing 38.5 points a game with 197 rush yards being allowed. Navy has been great against Army at this venue going 10-1 at Lincoln Financial Field with their last loss being last season.
The Army Black Knights has had one of their worst stretches in this rivalry winning just two of the last ten games against Navy. Army has won seven straight games as they have had their best year since 1996. The Black Knights have had the second-best rushing offense in the nation averaging over 300 yards per game. Army has been led by Kelvin Hopkins Jr. who has thrown for 895 yards and rushed for 783 at the quarterback position. Although one of the leading rushing teams in the country Army doesn’t have a 1,000-yard rusher this season as Darnell Woolfolk is 177 yards shy of that mark. Army’s defense has been stingy as they have allowed just 18.7 points per game which is 17th best and has allowed 301.3 yards per game which is the 11th fewest in the country. Army is also one of the best in 3rd down defense ranking 3rd in allowing just 27% of 3rd downs to be converted.
Cover the Spread 365 Trends
Navy is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Navy is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Navy’s last 6 games
Army is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Navy
Army is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games when playing Navy
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Army’s last 5 games when playing Navy
Free NCAA Football Prediction Navy Midshipmen vs. Army Golden Knights
Although the records show this appears to be a lopsided matchup but the rivalry means record will matter very little and for these teams this game will be remembered by most to determine if this year was a success or failure. This game will be a neutral site game played in Baltimore although Navy will be considered the road team. Each team is among the most disciplined in the nation both ranking in the top 15 in fewest penalties this season. Army’s rush offense has been among the best in the country and will be difficult to stop as they look to win three straight after going fourteen consecutive years of losing to Navy. This will be low scoring as both teams features option rushing attacks and Army’s defense is one of the best in the nation and should hold Navy’s offense and the Black Knights offense led by Hopkins Jr. should do enough to make it ten wins on the season for Army.