San Diego State vs. Army - 12/23/17 Armed Forces Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego State Aztecs (10-2) at Army Black Knights (9-3)
College Football: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Amon Carter Stadium)
The Line: Army Black Knights +6.5 -- Over/Under: 46 See the Latest Odds
The Army Black Knights and San Diego State Aztecs meet Saturday in the college football Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
The Army Black Knights have won seven of their last eight games and have a chance at double-digit wins for the second time in school history. The Army Black Knights look for back-to-back bowl wins for the first time since 1984-85. Ahmad Bradshaw is completing 32.5 percent of his passes for 279 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Bradshaw has not thrown a touchdown pass in seven 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 355.8 yards per contest, and Bradshaw leads the way with 1,566 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Army is allowing 20.9 points and 355.5 yards per game. James Nachtigal leads the Army Black Knights with 98 tackles, Alex Aukerman has six sacks and Max Regan has two interceptions.
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The San Diego State Aztecs have won their last four games and have a chance to win 11 games for fourth time in school history. The San Diego State Aztecs have a chance to win three straight bowl games for the first time in school history. Christian Chapman is completing 60.1 percent of his passes for 1,848 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. Chapman has one or less touchdown passes in six of his last seven games. Mikah Holder and Fred Trevillion have combined for 895 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Kahale Warring has 18 receptions. The San Diego State Aztecs ground game is averaging 252.2 yards per contest, and Rashaad Penny leads the way with 2,027 yards and 19 touchdowns. Defensively, San Diego State is allowing 18.4 points and 303.9 yards per game. Ronley Lakalaka leads the San Diego State Aztecs with 67 tackles, Chibu Onyeukwu has 4.5 sacks and Tariq Thompson has five interceptions.
The Aztecs are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 non-conference games, 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 games following a ATS win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Black Knights are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. MWC, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December. The under is 16-5 in Black Knights last 21 neutral site games and the under is 5-2 in Aztecs last 7 games overall.
Army is playing really good football lately and is fresh off a big win over Navy. The points may be worth a look here. However, the San Diego State Aztecs are in good form in their own right and are ninth in the country in stopping the run. The Aztecs should be able to takeaway the only thing the Black Knights do offensively, and they already had practice playing Air Force back in September, in which they held the Falcons to just 3.7 yards per carry. I'll take SDSU by a touchdown.