The Army Black Knights will return to FCS action when they host the Mercer Bears on Saturday afternoon. Army is coming in with a 5-1 record, while Mercer is just 0-1 in its three-game schedule in 2020. The game will air on CBS Sports Network with kickoff set for noon ET, and can be streamed on the CBS Sports app.
Army has seen its share of FCS opponents so far this season. Operating as an independent, finding teams to play had to have been a difficult process, but Army has gone 2-0 against FCS competition. It beat Abilene Christian 55-23 on Oct. 3, followed by a 14-9 victory over The Citadel the week after. The Black Knights are coming off a 28-16 victory over UTSA. Army finished with 60 rushing attempts for 305 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Quarterback Cade Ballard threw just three times and completed one pass for 53 yards.
As for Mercer, there isn’t a whole lot to go by. Its only game of the season so far was against Jacksonville State, which college football fans might remember led Florida State by 14 points in the first half earlier in the season. Mercer lost that game 34-28 on Oct. 10. Mercer ran the ball 43 times with 25 passes and neither successful. As a team, Mercer rushed for just 3.6 yards per carry and completed less than 50% of its passes.
Given all these factors, Army is a massive favorite heading into the game, and the public is backing the Black Knights. Army is a 30-point favorite, and is receiving 69% of the bets in addition to 77% of the money. The point total is set at 49.5 and while the over is getting 53% of the bets, 79% of the handle is on the under. Moneyline bets are off the board in this matchup.
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