The Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen will be gunning for a victory on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. Will Navy's Keenan Reynolds become the first quarterback to go 4-0 in the Army-Navy rivalry history? We'll find out on Saturday.
Here are the important details you need to know about Saturday's matchup:
Date and Time: Dec 12 @ 3:00 p.m
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: CBS Sports
Live Stream: NFL Game Pass (subscription required)
The Midshipmen had 23-point favorites versus the Black Knights, according to sports book monitored by Odds Shark. For the game's total, it opened at 52.
In an article from Bleacher Report, it described why the Navy Midshipmen (9-2) can cover the spread. The team started this season 4-0, lost at Notre Dame and won five more in a row. Moreover, the Navy outscored Army 417-142 during the run that began after the Black Knights' 24-18 victory in 2001.
Last week, with a spot in the AAC Championship Game at stake, Midshipmen lost to Houston 52-31. The team tied that scored at 14-14 in the middle of second quarter. However, they could not sustain the momentum of the game, and they lost from there.
For Reynolds, he covered a career-high 312 yards on just 13 completions. The Navy had 459 yards of offense during that game.
The Midshipmen have to tighten their defense to dominate the Saturday's matchup. Also, Reynolds has to find holes in Army defense and make amazing plays for his team. He is 65 rushing yards away from taking over third place on the all-time list for quarterbacks with 4,344.
On another hand, the Army Black Knights (2-9) does not look like a formidable foe for the Navy. They are now in four-game losing streak as part of their 18th losing season in 19 years. However, the door is still open for the team as they can save themselves by a pulling a major upset.
"This football team has never lost to Navy, and that is the way we have to approach it," Jeff Monken, head coach of the Army Black Knights, said in a statement published in Fox Sports. "We have to do our very best to try and win this year."
Monken became a member of Midshipman coaching staff from 2002 to 2007.
In Army's previous game, they used third-string quarterback Chris Carter. They lost at home to Rutgers with a final score of 31-21.
Interestingly, six of Army's losses have come by one score or less and four of them by a total of 13 points.