Navy vs. Army - 12/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Navy vs. Army - 12/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Army Black Knights (8-3) at Navy Midshipmen (6-5)

College Football: Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)

The Line: Navy Midshipmen -3 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen meet Saturday in college football action at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Army Black Knights look to win their ninth game of the season before heading to the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl two days before Christmas. The Army Black Knights have split their last 10 non-home games. Ahmad Bradshaw is completing 30.8 percent of his passes for 259 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Bradshaw has not thrown a touchdown pass in six straight games. Kell Walker and Jordan Asberry have combined for 189 receiving yards and one touchdown while Jeff Ejekam has two receptions. The Army Black Knights ground game is averaging 368 yards per contest, and Bradshaw leads the way with 1,472 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Army is allowing 21.6 points and 360.9 yards per game. James Nachtigal leads the Army Black Knights with 87 tackles, Alex Aukerman has six sacks and Max Regan has two interceptions. 

The Navy Midshipmen would love a feel good victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Navy Midshipmen have lost their last four non-home games. Zach Abey is completing 42.9 percent of his passes for 803 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. Abey has at least one touchdown pass in three of his last six games. Tyler Carmona and Malcolm Perry have combined for 682 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Darryl Bonner has seven receptions. The Navy Midshipmen ground game is averaging 347.4 yards per contest, and Abey leads the way with 1,322 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, Navy is allowing 29.2 points and 399.8 yards per game. Micah Thomas leads the Navy Midshipmen with 72 tackles, Josh Webb has four sacks and Micah Thomas has three interceptions.

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The Black Knights are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in December and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss. The Midshipmen are 3-1-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss. The Black Knights are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 meetings in Navy, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.

Army is actually playing better football than Navy right now, winning six of its last seven games and losing just once since the beginning of October. But we know why Navy is favored here, as the Midshipmen have dominated this series over the years, winning 16 of the last 18 meetings. Army won last years contest but hasn't beaten Navy in back-to-back years since 1995-96. But even with that being said, a lot of the meetings have been close, as five of the last six have been decided by seven or less points. Heck, the last two games were decided by a combined eight points. These teams know each other very well and it's always the game of the year for both programs. I like to have points in spots like this and it just so happens the team in better form is getting them. So, give me a free field goal with the Army Black Knights.

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Randy’s Pick Army Black Knights +3

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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