UNDERDOG POWER-SHOCKER ~ Kansas St over Oklahoma Last Week!
Army vs. Air Force,
11/02/2019 15:30 EDT,
Score: 13 - 17
Point Spread: +16/-108 Army
8* Army (3:30 ET): Over the last two seasons, Army achieved unprecedented heights for the program (at least in the "modern era"), winning 21 games under HC Jeff Monken. They even finished ranked (#19) in the final poll LY, which was their first time in the Top 25 since 1996! This year started auspiciously w/ a narrow win over Rice (who is still winless). But the following week saw the Black Knights nearly upset Michigan in "The Big House," the second year in a row they took a top 10 opponent into overtime (Oklahoma). So everything appeared OK. But October has found the Cadets seemingly marching "in reverse." They've lost four straight, the last three all coming as favorites. Now they're a big dog against Air Force. At 3-5 SU, if Army were to lose here, then they'd need to win out just to be bowl eligible. The situation screams "take the points" as these "Commander In Chief" games tend to be both close and low-scoring.
Air Force was a nice winner for us last Saturday. It was a late night game, hosting Utah State, and the Falcons rolled to a 31-7 victory as 3.5-pt chalk. They held USU to just 128 total yards, including 14 rushing. The Flyboys are now 6-2 SU and have surpassed LY's win total. Five of the last six games, they've held the opposition below 100 rushing yards. That seems critical when facing Army. But let's look at the one opponent the Falcons failed to keep under 100 yards rushing during that stretch. It was Navy, who went for 214 in a 34-25 upset in Annapolis. While Air Force may still be unbeaten at home, they do seem ripe for a letdown following three straight double digit victories. Army hasn't lost a game by more than 9 pts all year.
As alluded to above, these C-in-C games always tend to be low-scoring. Usually, they are close as well. Army has beaten Air Force two straight years, something that had previously not happened since 1977-78. Last year, was a 3-point win (17-14) in West Point. Over the last five seasons, no Army game against either Air Force or Navy has seen more than 43 total points scored. More than half have seen 31 total pts or less scored. That makes taking the points a "no brainer" here as Army is better suited for the underdog role anyway. 8* Army