The Navy Midshipmen and Army Black Knights meet Saturday in week 15 college football action at Lincoln Financial Field. The Navy Midshipmen have lost 5 of their last 8 games. The Army Black Knights look to get back to a .500 record.
The Navy Midshipmen have lost 5 of their last 8 non-home games. Tai Lavatai is completing 46.2 percent of his passes for 787 yards, 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Jayden Umbarger and Mark Walker have combined for 507 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, while Vincent Terrell Jr. has 9 receptions. The Navy Midshipmen ground game is averaging 239.5 yards per contest, and Daba Fofana leads the way with 749 yards and 6 touchdowns. Defensively, Navy is allowing 24.7 points and 356.2 yards per game. John Marshall leads the Navy Midshipmen with 88 tackles, Jacob Busic has 6 sacks and Elias Larry has 2 interceptions.
The Army Black Knights have lost 4 of their last 5 non-home games. Cade Ballard is completing 50 percent of his passes for 335 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Isaiah Alston and Ay’Jaun Marshall have combined for 477 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, while Braheam Murphy has 4 receptions. The Army Black Knights ground game is averaging 304.3 yards per contest, and Tyhier Tyler leads the way with 601 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Army is allowing 23 points and 366.1 yards per game. Leo Lowin leads the Army Black Knights with 84 tackles, Andre Carter II has 3 sacks and Marquel Broughton has 3 interceptions.
The Midshipmen are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Black Knights are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Midshipmen last 7 games overall. The under is 22-7 in Black Knights last 29 neutral site games. The Midshipmen are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Army and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings. The under is 18-3 in the last 21 meetings.
Past meetings have shown us you can throw numbers out the window as both teams play hard, these games are close, and the underdog has had recent success. And while you can argue Army is the better team, it’s Navy that’s seventh in rushing offense and fourth in rushing defense. Army is second in rushing offense, but 116th in rushing defense. We know what we’re getting when these teams clash. If Army can’t stop the run, it’s at a serious disadvantage. Give me the Midshipmen and the free points.