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The Film Breakdown: BYU vs. Navy

With only one game on the board, and it’s a good one, we take a deeper dive on the Cougars and Midshipmen in Annapolis

There’s only one college football game on Labor Day, and for football nerds it’s a chance for a national TV audience to see what makes academy football so beautiful. The BYU Cougars head across the country to take on the Navy Midshipmen at 8:00 p.m. ET live on ESPN.

And for bettors, it’s a chance to find a big edge in a matchup that might not be accounting for everything that’s happening. Spreads are set by how teams are expected to perform generally, not necessarily fully accounting for the matchup against the team they’re actually facing. And in no place is that more prevalent than when playing a triple option team like the Mids.

You can get great triple option football with the national spotlight every year with Army vs. Navy. But in that case both teams not only run the offense, they also know better than anyone how to defend it. When you break out the triple against defenders that aren’t used to playing that kind of assignment football, and the cut blocks and “always wrong” reads that come with it, the great equalizer can become a nightmare. Especially with the unusual season prep and practice schedule of college football in 2020.

Seth Varnadore and I head to the videotape to show why the Cougars might struggle on Monday night.

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