Army Black Knights College Football Betting
Army coach Jeff Monken warned that no matter how good a season is for the Black Knights, a loss to Navy would “ruin” the year. Well, consider the Black Knights 2021 campaign ruined. Navy stunned the Black Knights 17-13 in “America’s Game” from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Most frustrating for Army, its fans, and gamblers was how out of sorts the Black Knights were all game. Navy was coming off one of its worst seasons in memory and was a touchdown underdog. Yet by the end of the game, it looked as if the wrong team was favored.
Army Black Knights Weekly Odds
Missouri Tigers +3
Army Black Knights -3
On Wednesday, December 22, 2021, the Army Black Knights will face the Missouri Tigers in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl held at Amon G Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. Kickoff time is set for 8 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN.
Last time out, Missouri lost at Arkansas 34-17 as 14.5-point road dogs. The game went under the total of 64. As a result, Mizzou is 6-6 straight up, 3-9 against the spread, and 7-5 over/under. The Tigers rank 59th for total offense and 55th for scoring offense. Defensively, Mizzou ranks 110th overall and 116th for points allowed.
Missouri has covered only three of its last 14 games. Mizzou is 10-5 over the total in its previous 15 games. In December, the Tigers are 0-7 vs. the odds. And as an underdog, Mizzou is 1-4 under the total.
Army is 1-4 under the total in its previous five games. The Black Knights are 1-4 to the under in December action.
Previous Game Recap
Last week Army was upset by Navy 17-13 as 7-point favorites. The game went under the total of 35.5. As a result, Army is 8-4 straight up, 6-6 against the spread, and 5-7 over/under. Overall, the Black Knights rank 82nd for total offense and 27th for scoring offense. Defensively, Army ranks 15th overall and 36th for points allowed.
Navy was 3-8 entering their game against Army. Few experts gave the Midshipmen a chance to win. Yet Navy controlled the game. Defensively, Army could never get into gear. Offensively, Navy did just enough to prevail.
Navy was resourceful and aggressive. Further, the Midshipmen were disgusted that the Black Knights had turned the tables in one of college football's biggest rivalries.
Quarterback Tai Lavatai ran for two touchdowns. And then Navy's defense limited Army to 57 second-half yards. Also, Army compiled a season-low 232 yards overall. After an early Army touchdown that made everyone believe a blowout was coming, the Black Knights were flat the rest of the day.
Navy outgained Army 278 yards to 232, including 196-124 on the ground. Army entered the game with the nation's second-ranked rushing offense. The Midshipmen held the ball for 34:25 and converted three big plays, including a fourth-down, accidental fake punt in the fourth quarter.
Diego Fagot made a line call in punt formation because of an Army overload. Freshman center Ethan Nguyen mistook it for a fake call, and Fagot got the first down despite being hit in the facemask with the snap.
''I mean, as a linebacker, you kind of already have tunnel vision, so I wasn't really expecting it,'' Fagot said. ''So when I caught it, I just, I just started running straight.''
Fagot got the first down. And it proved to be the difference in the game.
The win more than made the season for Navy, which faced 11 bowl-bound teams for one of the nation’s toughest 2021 schedules. Most important of all, it gave the Midshipmen only their second win in the last six games with their biggest rival.
2021 Army Black Knights Schedule
||at Georgia State
||at Ball State
||vs. Wake Forest
||vs. Air Force
||vs. Navy (East Rutherford, NJ)
One of the year's biggest games takes place on October 16 when Army travels to Camp Randall Stadium to take on the Wisconsin Badgers. In 2018 Army took the playoff-bound Oklahoma Sooners to overtime before losing a heartbreaker. Following that was a 2019 overtime loss at the Big House against the Michigan Wolverines. Eventually, Monken is going to get a big-name head on his mantel. Wisconsin is loaded, and Camp Randall is ranked in the top ten for college football's toughest venues. Do you think Army cares?
The Army-Navy game is set for December 11 with coverage on CBS. "America's Game" is not to be missed.
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