One of the greatest scenes of football pageantry unfolds inside Gillette Stadium in Foxborough Saturday, when Army and Navy clash on national television. The 5-6 Army Black Knights and 5-6 Navy Midshipmen will tangle inside the New England venue with bragging rights and a .500 finish on the line.
The two teams missed out on bowl eligibility - thanks to both failing to reach the requisite six wins before Sunday’s bowl pairings announcement - but rest assured that there will be things far more important on the line come Saturday afternoon The game also will be a staple on the relatively new Maryland sports betting calendar.
This will be the 124th playing of the annual Army-Navy Game, which the Midshipmen currently lead all-time (at 62-54-7). Before Saturday’s kickoff, BetMaryland.com – your source for Maryland sportsbook promos - broke down how the last 10 versions of the year-end gridiron staple have gone, betting wise.
Army-Navy Points Spread Last 10 Years
Maryland sports betting apps certainly take the storied rivalry into consideration when setting the lines. As you can see, season record to date means little when Army and Navy meet.
Army-Navy Bound To Be Tight Contest
Since 2013, the biggest theme that has emerged from the yearly Army-Navy showdown is that whichever team is favored to win has a tough time covering the spread.
That’s because the last 10 ATS favorites have only covered three times and only twice in nine years. The favorite has covered only in 2013 (34-7 Navy as a 12.5-point favorite), 2019 (31-7 Navy as an 11-point favorite) and 2020 (15-0 Army as a 7.5-point favorite), with a push in 2018 (17-10 Army as a 7-point favorite).
This year, oddsmakers from ESPN BET Maryland have Army as a three-point and -150 moneyline favorite on Saturday. Last year, Navy failed to win outright as a 2.5-point favorite. The Midshipmen fell to Army, 20-17, to keep the theme alive. Another theme to watch is whether this year’s Army-Navy contest can clear the pregame over/under, which is currently sitting at 27.5 on ESPN BET Maryland.
Army ranks 110th nationally in scoring offense (20.8 points per game). Navy ranks 122nd (18.3 ppg). Both will put their triple option offenses against one another come Saturday afternoon, with the nation’s eyes squarely fixed upon dozens of men who will go continue their country once their playing days are done.