UMass Minutemen (1-9) vs. Army Black Knights (6-3)
November 20, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Army Black Knights -37.5 / UMass Minutemen +37.5; Over/Under: -59.5
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The Army Black Knights meet the UMass Minutemen on Saturday in week 12 college football action from Michie Stadium.
The UMass Minutemen come into this game looking to shake off a 35-10 loss to Maine in their last matchup. Brady Olson has thrown for 1,145 yards, 8 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on 48.4% passing while Ellis Merriweather leads the Minutemen with 850 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Rico Arnold has a team-high 25 catches for 384 yards and a pair of touchdowns while another six UMass receivers have at least 100 receiving yards as well this season. On defense, Gerrell Johnson has a team-high 63 total tackles on the year.
The Army Black Knights will look to build on a 63-10 romp over Bucknell in their last matchup. Christian Anderson leads the Army option offense with 473 rushing yards and 6 scores while Tyrell Robinson has 423 rushing yards. Tyhier Tyler has 374 rushing yards and 6 scores of his own while Anthony Adkins has 315 rushing yards and Jakobi Buchanan has 248 rushing yards as well on the year. The Black Knights have another thre3 100+ yard rushers on the year. Isaiah Alston leads Army’s receivers with 15 grabs for 325 yards and 3 TDs while Tyrell Robinson also has 217 receiving yards and 3 scores as well. On defense, Arik Smith has a team-high 50 total tackles while Andre Carter II has a whopping 10.5 sacks this season.
UMass is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss while the over is 14-5 in their last 19 games following a double-digit loss at home. Army is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 home games while the under is 13-3 in their last 16 conference games.
Am I looking to give up 5.5 touchdowns with Army? No, but UMass hasn’t given us any alternative with the way they’ve played for much of the season. We’ve seen Army put up 50+ on teams like Bucknell, UCONN and Wake Forest, and the latter is definitely better than whatever UMass is bringing to the table, so I’ll lay the points with Army if forced to pick this one.