Army Black Knights (4-7) at Navy Midshipmen (6-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 13, 2014, 3:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Navy Midshipmen -14 -- Over/Under: 59
The Navy Midshipmen take the field with the Army Black Knights in their annual season ending battle.
The Navy Midshipmen were supposed to be in better shape heading in to their battle with Army but early season struggles capped off by wins in four of five have the team sitting at 6-5. The Middies offense looked great in a 42-40 victory over South Alabama but defense was awful versus a team not known for a lot of scoring. The Jaguars totaled 415 yards with some balance while throwing a pair of picks while Navy posted 430 yards with 388 coming on the ground. Keenan Reynolds completed 1-4 for 42 yards but blasted the USA defense for 119 yards on ten carries and three touchdowns. Noah Copeland followed with another 112 yards on 17 touches with a pair of scores while Chris Swain ripped of a 32 yard scoring run.
The Army Black Knights had hoped a change in head coach would be enough to at least become Bowl eligible but too often the team was forced to play from behind and even a productive rushing attack wasn't enough to win consistently. The Black Knights have won two of three after outscoring Fordham 42-31 with the Rams totaling 470 yards with 352 yards coming through the air while 382 yards of the Black Knights 430 yards coming on the ground. Angel Santiago completed 2-4 for 48 yards in a token passing attack with workhorse Larry Dixon rushing the ball 22 times for 158 yards and three trips to the end zone while AJ Schurr and Terry Baggett combining for 122 yards with Bagget scoring. The Black Knights also recovered a blocked punt.
The Midshipmen are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game while going are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win. Navy are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game and are 3-8 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Black Knights are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and are 15-3 ATS in their last 51 games following a S.U. win. Army are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 conference games while going 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game. This might be the biggest rivalry in college football and this comes down to which team is better at what they do and that's run the option...