Virginia vs. Navy - 12/28/17 Military Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Cavaliers (6-6) at Navy Midshipmen (6-6)
College Football: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 1:30 pm (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Navy Midshipmen +1 -- Over/Under: 52 See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Cavaliers and The Navy Midshipmen meet Thursday in the college football Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The Virginia Cavaliers have lost five of their last six games but have a chance to win their first bowl game since the 2005 season. The Virginia Cavaliers also look to have their first winning season since 2011. Kurt Benkert is completing 59.6 percent of his passes for 3,062 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Benkert has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 10 games. Olamide Zaccheaus and Andre Levrone have combined for 1,495 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Doni Dowling has 48 receptions. The Virginia Cavaliers ground game is averaging 98.8 yards per contest, and Jordan Ellis leads the way with 799 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Virginia is allowing 26.7 points and 357.8 yards per game. Micah Kiser leads the Virginia Cavaliers with 134 tackles, Chris Peace has 7.5 sacks and Juan Thornhill has four interceptions.
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The Navy Midshipmen have lost six of their last seven games and look for their fourth bowl victory in their last five tries. The Navy Midshipmen haven’t experienced a losing season since 2011. Zach Abey is completing 43.7 percent of his passes for 805 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. Abey has one or less touchdown passes in each of his last six games. Tyler Carmona and Malcolm Perry have combined for 684 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Darryl Bonner has seven receptions. The Navy Midshipmen ground game is averaging 343 yards per contest, and Abey leads the way with 1,325 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, Navy is allowing 27.9 points and 386.6 yards per game. Micah Thomas leads the Navy Midshipmen with 81 tackles, Josh Webb has four sacks and Micah Farrar has one interception.
The Midshipmen are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games, 16-6-1 ATS in their last 23 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 bowl games. The under is 5-2 in Midshipmen last 7 games overall and the under is 13-6-1 in Cavaliers last 20 road games.
The Virginia Cavaliers should be a highly motivated bunch, as they have a chance to win their first bowl game since 2005 and earn their first winning season in almost seven years. Virginia also has experience against the option offense considered it just played Georgia Tech a few weeks ago. The Navy Midshipmen are simply in brutal form right now, winning just one game since the middle of October, and the offense is averaging just 14.6 points in its last three games. This is a great chance for Virginia to make a statement and head into the 2018 season with a nice confidence boost. Give me the Cavs in this toss-up contest.