#BLSPicks Army Navy Game – Saturday, December 13th
Navy @ Army 12:00P PST CBS
Under 57.5 5 Units
Middle of December brings College football to a screeching halt as avid sports fans start to familiarize themselves with goings on in NBA and NCAA basketball. This is the weekend every year when we get one goddamn college game which usually means our wives/girlfriends designate Saturday as a huge Costco shopping extravaganza. But even though you’re being forced to do things you simply hate to do, doesn’t mean you can’t lay a little action to check on your phone while your woman drags you around by your willy for the day.
Some History on The Army Navy Rivalry:
Among rivalries between FBS schools, only three are older than Army vs. Navy, which was first played on Nov. 29, 1890. Only North Carolina-Wake Forest (Oct. 18, 1888), Miami (Ohio) vs. Cincinnati (Dec. 8, 1888) and Minnesota-Wisconsin (Nov. 15, 1890) were first played before Army-Navy.
The Army-Navy series halted from 1894-98 and in 1917 and 1918, when a combination of World War I and a nationwide flu pandemic put a halt to the series. A dispute over eligibility policies resulted in the cancellation of the 1928 and 1929 games. The series resumed in 1930 and has been played every year since.
Only 10 college football rivalries have been played more often: Minnesota-Wisconsin (123), Missouri-Kansas (120), Miami-Cincinnati (119), North Carolina-Virginia (119), Auburn-Georgia (118), Texas-Texas A&M (118), Oregon-Oregon State (118), Purdue-Indiana (117), Nebraska-Kansas (117) and Stanford-California (117).
Navy has controlled the rivalry lately with 12 consecutive wins—the longest streak in the game’s history—which has given it a 58-49-7 lead in the series.
All but six Army-Navy games have been played at neutral sites, with Philadelphia hosting the contest 85 times and New York 11 times. Baltimore will host the game for the fifth time on Saturday.
Among FBS schools, only two other long-standing rivalries are played at neutral sites every year: Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Texas-Oklahoma (Dallas).
Army and Navy are among 17 schools with more than one Heisman winner, with three Black Knights and two Midshipmen claiming college football’s prestigious individual award.
Army’s winners are Doc Blanchard (1945), Glenn Davis (1946) and Pete Dawkins (1958), while Navy’s are Joe Bellino (1960) and Roger Staubach (1963). When Blanchard and Davis won the award in consecutive years for Army, it marked one of four times a school has had back-to-back winners along with Yale in 1936-37 (Larry Kelley, Clint Frank), Ohio State in 1974-75 (Archie Griffin both years) and USC in 2004-05 (Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush).
Why We’re on the Under
Familiarity with the Triple Option
We cap this game around 49 from a total perspective. You may ask yourself how, considering Army sports the 109th ranked defense and Navy 89th. Dig a little deeper and this rationale makes more sense. Army and Navy are 2 of 3 teams (GTech) in the country that run the triple option. Every day from Spring ball forward, both sides’ defenses are practicing against the triple option which means they’re better prepared to face each other than any other teams in the nation. Facts are that both Army and Navy defensive figures are god awful because they face high octane passing attacks that their offenses simply cannot simulate in practice.
Unlike any other matchup all season long, the clock does nothing but tick tick tick, given the infrequency with which either team passes. Army is 6th ranked nationally against the run and Navy sports a 2nd ranked rushing defense. We forecast a multitude of 3 to 5 yard runs with some Red Zone stops, all contributing to 6-8 Minute drives. If this is the case, even if both teams score on every possession, the number would still fall under the 57.5.
Even though Navy has dominated the series of late, both teams consider this their SuperBowl and MAX effort is always given. Because of the massive importance this game has for pride, honor, code etc, we foresee defenses, not offenses, stepping up tomorrow.
Army’s offensive line is very small this year, leaving most of the play making up to Angel Santiago. This is not a good formula for success against a #2 ranked rushing defense in the land. Navy could absolutely blow the hinges off this game, but I also think the military might intervene and not allow a Navy blow out. So, what we’re saying is, this might very well be a Code Red ordered straight from Colonel Jessup.