Army vs. Navy fearless prediction and game preview.
Army vs. Navy Broadcast
Date: December 14
Game Time: 3:00 ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (click to watch for free)
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Army (5-7) vs. Navy (9-2) Game Preview
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What’s Going To Happen
It’s always weird when people say dumb things like, “it doesn’t matter if (insert team here) loses every game as long as we beat (insert rival here).”
That excuses bad performances by teams, hammers down expectations, and most of the time, thinking and saying that is an attempt to make something matter out of a mediocre season.
It’s all okay, and it all means that, when it comes to Army vs. Navy.
Of course, Navy cares about winning the American Athletic Conference title, and it gets to go have some fun with a date against Kansas State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, but …
It’s been a massively disappointing season for an Army team that won 29 games over three years with three bowl wins and three straight wins over Navy. Thanks to an ugly five-game losing streak, and with a scheduling quirk with two games against FCS teams – Morgan State and VMI – bowl eligibility is off the table. The team got to go Hawaii, though, which isn’t a bad trip. That’s not a bowl game, but …
After dominating the series for so long – winning 14 in a row – that three-game losing streak Navy is suffering against Army has to end now.
The running game is back and working the way it’s supposed to, leading the nation with 361 yards per game with QB-but-really-a-running-back Malcolm Perry tearing off 1,500 yards and 19 scores, and with Jamale Caothers cranking up 637 and 13 touchdowns.
The O is humming, running for over 400 yards four times, over 300 yards in four other games, and doing all the things Navy is supposed to do.
And those are the things Army is supposed to do.
What’s Army’s issue? The ground game is fine – it’s second behind Navy averaging 312 yards per game – but the defense isn’t coming up with enough stops, there aren’t any plays in the backfield, and it’s not doing enough when it has to just hold serve defensively.
Navy’s defensive front can hold up, Army’s can’t.
Army’s running game has gone off over the last three games. It was no big deal coming up with close to 1,100 rushing yards against UMass and VMI, and then it went for 411 yards and four scores against Hawaii.
Army’s issues have been against decent passing teams, but it’ll still have just enough problems stopping Perry and everything Navy is doing.
Army and Navy really are doing the same things, but right now, Navy is doing them a whole lot better and sharper, and it has the defense to come up with stops that Army’s front seven won’t.
Army vs. Navy Prediction, Line
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