College Football Week 15 Betting
It is appropriate that there is only one game on the schedule for Week 15. The Army-Navy game is bigger than college football. It is a rivalry that reeks of tradition, history, and patriotism. Known as “America’s Game,” the Army-Navy Game is one of the most-viewed college football games each year. For sure, neither team is a national power. But both teams consistently play good football and have been regulars on the bowl circuit in recent years. But what really matters is the passion and commitment of the players and coaches.
Thousands of cadets and midshipmen march in uniform inside the stadium and root for their teams in full-throat enthusiasm. Meanwhile, the Army mule and Navy goat rank as among the greatest mascots in all of sports. And when the game ends, the signing of the two school songs by both programs spark tears and goosebumps for millions of fans. Army-Navy epitomizes all that sports can and should be.
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Saturday, December 11, 2021
Navy Midshipmen vs. Army Black Knights
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, 3 p.m. ET, CBS
In recent years Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field has been the neutral site venue of the Army-Navy Game. This year the series shifts to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, home of the NFL New York Giants and New York Jets. Lincoln Financial Field gets the game back in 2022.
The difference-maker of the Army-Navy game is Black Knights head coach Jeff Monken. Until his arrival, Army was rendered helpless in their series against a successful Navy team.
From 1989 through 2015, Army could muster only two bowl seasons. Monken took the Black Knights job with the understanding that Army would fully invest in a winning football program. The Black Knights have taken control of their series with Navy and have gone to bowl games in four of the past five seasons. In 2018, Army nearly upset the Oklahoma Sooners in an epic overtime loss indicative of their rapid improvement. The following year Army should have had could have won a double-overtime loss at the Big House against the Michigan Wolverines.
Since 2018, Army has been a 56% play against the spread. The Black Knights have covered 58% of their games as favorites. And they are 75% against the spread in neutral site games. Army is 53% under the total the past three seasons. The Black Knights are 55% under the total as a favorite. And Army is 60% over the total on neutral fields.
Navy is 53% against the spread in all games over the past three seasons. The Middies are 44% vs. the line as underdogs. And Navy has not lost to the spread in their most recent four neutral site games. Since 2018, Navy is 53% over the total in all games. The Midshipmen are 60% over the total as underdogs. Navy is 75% under the total on neutral fields.
In recent years, Army has guarded the payout window quite effectively in their head-to-head series with Navy. The Black Knights have gotten the cash in seven of the most recent ten meetings in this rivalry series. Since 2006, the Black Knights and Midshipmen have gone under the total EVERY SINGLE YEAR in this series!
Last year Army beat Navy 15-0 as 7.5-point chalk, with the game going under the total of 36. Because of the pandemic, the game was played at Michie Stadium in West Point, the Army home stadium.
Army has won four of the previous five games straight up in this series. That was after a period of time between 2002 and 2015 when Navy bossed the Black Knights, winning the game every single year in that span. Navy leads the all-time series 61-53-7.
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