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Army Black Knights National Championship Odds
The Army Black Knights may not recruit the same type of talent as the top programs in college football, but their unique style has proven to work very well against the Goliaths of college football. Army is coming off a terrific season in 2018 and has designs of putting together another impressive campaign this year. The Black Knights have some standout players to replace but there is also some talent returning, and coach Jeff Monken is taking aim at another stellar showing.
2019 Army Black Knights at a Glance
Black Knights National Championship Odds: +50000
Black Knights Odds To Win Conference: Independent
Black Knights Regular Season Win Total: N/A
Army had a phenomenal season in 2018, finishing 11-2 and finishing ranked in the top-20 nationally. The Black Knights hadn’t been ranked since 1996 and one of the losses was to No. 5 Oklahoma in overtime. If Army can come anywhere close to that type of performance in 2019 the fanbase will be thrilled.
Army returns quarterback Kelvin Hopkins, who will be a big part of the equation once again this season. He ran for 1,000 yards and threw for 1,000 last year, becoming the first player in program history to accomplish that feat. Hopkins loses Darnell Wollfolk and Andy Davidson from the team’s triple-option rushing attack, but will have Kell Walker and Connor Slomka helping him out. The team does not throw very often but senior Kjetil Cline does return to lead the way at wide receiver.
The offensive line must be revamped and a major loss is the departure of center Bryce Holland. The Army defense only allowed 17.7 points per game a year ago and has some impressive strength in the secondary, led by Elijah Riley and Jaylon McClinton. The front seven has to deal with some turnover and its ability to make up for some key losses could help determine how well the defense plays this season.
Army could be hard-pressed to match last year’s impressive season but there are enough pieces in place for another strong year.
2019 Army Black Knights Betting Schedule
||Army vs. Rice
||Friday, August 30
||Army at Michigan
||Saturday, September 7
||Army at UTSA
||Saturday, September 14
||Army vs. Morgan State
||Saturday, September 21
||Army vs. Tulane
||Saturday, October 5
||Army at Western Kentucky
||Saturday, October 12
||Army at Georgia State
||Saturday, October 19
||Army vs. San Jose State
||Saturday, October 26
||Army at Air Force
||Saturday, November 2
||Army vs. UMass
||Saturday, November 9
||Army vs. VMI
||Saturday, November 16
||Army at Hawaii
||Saturday, December 1
||Army vs. Navy
||Friday, December 14
Army football was a juggernaut during the 1940s and 1950s, producing three National Championships and three Heisman Trophy winners. From 1941 until 1958 the Black Knights compiled 121 wins and won 77 percent of the games they played. In 1945 Army won its first of three consecutive National Championships going 9-0 and outscoring opponents 504-35. Another 9-0 season followed in ’46 with a scoring margin of 412-46.
The team was led by the legendary backfield of Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis at the time. Blanchard won the Heisman in ’44 and Blanchard took the honor the following year. Together they were known as Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside, the two greatest players to ever wear an Army uniform.
There were a few winning seasons following the 8-0-1 campaign in 1958, but football became big time around the country by the 1970s and the service academies were still in the business of turning out officers, not No. 1 draft picks. Army played in its very first bowl game in 1984, accepting an invitation to the Cherry Bowl, which it won 10-6 over Michigan State. The Black Knights beat Illinois the following year in the Peach Bowl for their first and only back-to-back bowl games.
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