It is a classic that’s held every year. The Army Black Knights (8-5) are at the Navy Midshipmen (6-5) today at 3 p.m. E.T. Our Army plays Navy 2017 college football pick has the Midshipmen at either -2.5 or -3.0 and the over/under at 45 or 45.5. Army has won four of their last five, but did lose their last game 52-49 to North Texas. Navy has not done as well, as the Midshipmen are 1-4 over their last five and have a two-game losing streak. Those last two losses were to #8 Notre Dame 24-17 and Houston 24-14.
The Knights are scoring 31.2 PPG while holding opponents to 21.6 PPG. The Knights are a running offense, as QB Ahmad Bradshaw (30.8 COMP%, 1 TD, 2 INTs) has tossed just 39 passes but has rushed for 1,472 yards averaging 7.8 YPA and scoring 11 TDs. RB Darnell Woolfolk, Kell Walker and Andy Davidson have each rushed for minimum of 500 yards this season, scoring a combined total of 21 TDs. Woolfolk has 11 of those scores.
Army’s defense has two standout performers, LBs Alex Aukerman (58 TCKLs, 6 SCKs, 14.5 TFL) and James Nachtigal (87 TCKLs, 5.0 SCKs, 7.5 TFL). LB John Voit has also performed well notching 5.5 sacks and 7.5 TFL.
Black Knights Summary
- They will run, run and run
- Tough D
- Depth at RB
The Midshipmen are scoring 30.4 PPG. Navy QB Zach Abey (42.9 COMP%, 7 TDs, 7 INTs) is, much like Bradshaw, a running quarterback. Abey has 278 carries for 1,322 yards, averaging 4.8 YPA and scoring 14 touchdowns. Additional offense is offered by RB Malcolm Perry (818 YDs, 8.9 YPA, 8 TDs). WR Tyler Carmona has 14 receptions for four TDs. He’s averaging 27.2 YPC.
Navy is allowing 29.2 PPG. LB D.J. Palmore leads the team in TFL with 11.5 and LB Micah Thomas has three interceptions and 72 tackles, both of which are tops on the team. He also has four TFL. DE Tyler Sales has six TFL and a total of 45 tackles.
- Solid rush offense
- Neither defense nor offense as deep as they’d like
- More passing offense than Army
Three Major Takeaways
Our Army plays Navy 2017 college football pick offers these three takeaways-
- Army has a much deeper team
- Knight D is stingier than Midshipman D
- Don’t expect much passing
Our Army Plays Navy Picks
The Army/Navy classic was truly a classic last year, as the Knights surprised the Midshipmen winning 21-17. Our Army plays Navy 2017 college football pick is going with the Black Knights at +3.0. We’re going with the over at 45.0 points.