Two of the top rushing attacks in the country will be pitted when the Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen battle it out Saturday in Philadelphia.
The Black Knights rank second in the FBS with 304.4 rushing yards per game, a good 65 yards ahead of the Midshipmen, who are seventh at 239.5 yards per game.
Navy has the edge on defense as it has permitted 85.6 rushing yards per game and six rushing touchdowns. Army has allowed nearly 200 yards per game on the ground and only nine teams have allowed more yards per rush than the Knights.
Fofana Tries for Third Straight Big Game
The Midshipmen are closing the season strong, pushing Notre Dame to the brink in a 35-32 defeat in Baltimore before upsetting a ranked UCF squad 17-14 on the road.
Ken Niumatalolo’s team has had three weeks off leading up to this game, which has created a balancing act to keep the team ready for the biggest contest of the year.
“We were playing really well and that was my once concern,” Niumatalolo, who is 4-0 at Navy when he has three weeks to prepare, told the media. “We tried to be in top shape and form mentally and physically for Saturday.”
Daba Fofana, a sophomore fullback who will get his first taste of an Army-Navy game, enjoyed two of his better performances against Notre Dame and UCF, rushing for a combined 247 yards on 35 carries (7.05 yards per rush) and one touchdown.
Xavier Arline, a junior, will lead the Navy’s triple-option attack from the quarterback spot.
Tyler Man To Watch for Army
The Black Knights throw a lot of different bodies at their opponents as they are the first team since 2015 with 11 players with 100 or more yards rushing, but none have been as effective as senior quarterback Tyhier Tyler, who leads the team in rushing.
Tyler surpassed 600 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns thanks to 101 yards and three scores in a win over Massachusetts on Nov. 26.
Neither Tyler or his counterpart Arline throw the ball much as they have combined for 26 pass attempts and 11 completions, so expect a grind-it-out game with few possessions for each team, which by itself should limit the number of scores.
Tyson Riley (435 yards rushing) and Jakobi Buchanan (335) should also see plenty of the ball for the Army, which has covered the spread in each of its last five games.
Army vs Navy Game Injuries
Army vs Navy Head-to-Head
The Midshipmen prevailed 17-13 last season over the Black Knights to push their series lead to 62-53-7. The last 16 meetings of these teams have finished under the total points and oddsmakers have responded by setting the number at 32½ points.
Nine of the last 16 meetings have eclipsed 33 points, but four of the last five have not.
Army vs Navy Game Information
- Game: Army (5-6) vs Navy (4-7)
- Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
- Day/Time: Saturday, Dec. 10, 3:00 p.m. ET
- Army vs Navy Live Stream: ESPN
Army vs Navy Betting Lines
Army vs Navy Picks & Prediction
The Midshipmen, who were underdogs in each of the last two meetings, are favored by two points on the NCAAF lines. Navy played the more difficult schedule, but both teams suffered one-score losses to Air Force and neither game eclipsed 20 points.
The Navy is listed at -135 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Midshipmen, you have a chance to win $74. The Army is +115, offering a chance to win $115 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Navy a 57.45% chance to win, with Army 46.51%.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.