The Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy is on the line Saturday, in Philadelphia, as the Army Black Knights and the #23 Navy Midshipmen battle for the 120th time. A win by Navy would give them the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy for the 16th time overall and first time since 2015. If Army wins then the trophy would be shared for the fifth time and the trophy would be retained by Army thanks to the Black Knights winning the trophy last season.
Army enter play at 5-7 after losing to Hawaii last week. The Black Knights can become bowl eligible for the fourth straight season. A loss would complete Army’s first losing season since they went 2-10 in 2015. Army has won three straight games by a combined 12 points.
Navy concluded a successful 2019 with a 9-2 overall record and a 7-1 conference record. The Midshipmen finished tied with Memphis for the top spot in the AAC – West, but due to a head-to-head loss to the Tigers Navy missed out on the championship game. A win Saturday would secure Navy’s first 10-win season since going 11-2 in 2015. Prior to this three game losing streak to Army, Navy was on a 14-game winning streak in this series.
Below is my pick for the Army Black Knights vs the #23 Navy Midshipmen. All lines are from the FanDuel Sportsbook.
Army Black Knights vs #23 Navy Midshipmen (-10.5): O/U 40.5 points (-110/-110)
Army failed to become bowl eligible last weekend as they fell 52-31 at Hawai’i. It was a one possession game with four minutes left in the fourth quarter, but one offensive and one defensive touchdown gave Hawai’i the three score win. The Black Knights went 1-5 away from home this season having beaten 4-8 UTSA earlier this season. However, Army kept most of those away games close as four of those five losses came by single digits. Army is 5-7 against the spread and the under has hit in six of their 12 games this season.
Navy won their ninth game of the season, last week, with a 56-41 road win at Houston. The Midshipmen ended the season on a two game winning streak and won seven of their last eight games overall. Navy’s two losses this season came at Memphis and at #16 Notre Dame. The Midshipmen went 3-2 away from home this season with wins over Tulsa, Connecticut and Houston. Navy is 8-3 against the spread and the over has hit in seven of their 11 games this season.
Series History: Army is currently on a three game winning streak in this series, but Navy leads the all-time series 60-52-7.
Game Prediction: I like Navy to win the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy with a double digit win. Back Navy -10.5 Saturday.
YTD College Football Results: 68-57-2