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How and what to watch for Army vs. Navy

For the first time since World War II, the annual Army-Navy game will take place in West Point.

Head coach Ken Niumatalolo of the Navy Midshipmen talks with players against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the second half at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on December 05, 2020 in Annapolis, Maryland. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Even the strangest season in the history of college football will not stop the Army Black Nights and Navy Midshipmen from playing their annual showdown.

Originally scheduled to take place in Philadelphia, this year’s Army-Navy game will instead take place at West Point, a move prompted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This marks the first time West Point has hosted the game since World War II.

As for the game itself, Army enters as the clear favorite, having won seven of the nine games the program pieced together in the aftermath of pandemic cancellations. And while the Midshipmen’s triple-option offense can give teams trouble, the Black Knights’ most recent victory came over the Georgia Southern Eagles, another triple-option program.

Conversely, Navy has endured a difficult 2020. After kicking off the season with a 55-3 drubbing at home to the BYU Cougars, the Midshipmen have only pulled out three wins, none by more than four points. Navy also hasn’t emerged victorious since mid-October, having lost each of their past four games. Neither Navy’s offense nor defense ranks higher than No. 98 in Football Outsiders’ F+ metric entering the week.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Army versus Navy on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS, or you can stream it via the CBS Sports app with a cable or streaming login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Army (-7.5) vs. Navy
Point Total: 38
Money line: Army (-315), Navy (+245)

  • Since 2015, Navy has a 15-14-2 road record against the spread (6-8-1 as a road underdog). Don’t forget that this game will take place at West Point rather than a neutral field.
  • During the same period, Navy has an over record of 18-13-0 on the road (9-6-0 as the road underdog).
  • Since 2015, Army has a 14-20-1 home record against the spread (12-17-1 as the home favorite).
  • During the same stretch, Army has an over record of 18-16-0 at home (17-12-0 as the home favorite).

Betting splits against spread

Navy: (24% of handle, 40% percent of bets)
Army: (76% of handle, 60% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Army has the superior record, but several of its wins came over FCS programs and UL Monroe. Navy can keep it close.

Pick: Navy +7.5

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