Navy Midshipmen (9-3) at Army Black Knights (6-5)
When: 3:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 10, 2016
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
America’s Bookie Line: Navy -6 Total: 47.5
TV Coverage: CBS
By Dan Leach
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The 119th edition of the Army vs. Navy game might not have the luster that it once did back in a different time, but it still is one of the most important games of the year involving any two college football teams. For the past four decades this game has occasionally been for bowl bids or the Commander in Chief Cup victory, but never for a possible national title like it did back in the 50’s and 60’s. However, it still is bitterly contested and all about pride over everything else.
Navy’s shot at a New Years Six bowl fell by the wayside with their loss in the AAC title game last week to Temple and their energy will definitely be down a little bit after seeing what could have been an historic first for a service academy, falling apart late in the season. This is still the Army/Navy game, so desire and motivation won’t be hard to find, but it has to be hard to see a possible huge bowl game falter away.
The Army Black Knights who came oh so close to stopping the Navy 14 game win streak in the series, losing by just 4 points, will be bowling this year for the first time since 2010 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl against North Texas, and will be ready to try to not make it 15 years in a row the Midshipmen have seen victory.
This is a solid Army team that can play tough defense and can score better than they have in many of the programs recent years. I see this game coming down to the wire like it did last year, and while I am not going to call the outright upset, with the confluence of factors leading into this one it would not surprise me one bit if the Black Knights finally stop one of college football’s most one sided rivalries.
7.4 DTM Bagels and Locks on the Black Knights (ARMY +6)
Dan Leach was the world’s first human to live under the sea for more than 60 days, created what is now used as the International Olympic Flag, was the basis of Denzel Washington’s character Frank Lucas in “American Gangster”, Is often consulted on matters of national “Sports Security”, was the first human to interview Dracula, started the American Revolution on a dare, once sat in on drums with Led Zeppelin, and is a noted expert in the field of Time Travel.