One of the best college football traditions will be renewed for the 113th time on Saturday when the Navy Midshipmen (7-4) take on the Army Black Knights (2-9).
Though there are no BCS implications, this is not a game that should be overlooked. The Army vs. Navy game boasts some of the best rituals in sports and shows some of the best sportsmanship between opponents that you'll ever see on a football field.
With these two teams joining together as one after the game is over, you can't help but respect what these men do on the football field—but more importantly, what they do off the field.
Here's your guide for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy game between Army and Navy.
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.
When: Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. ET
Listen: Westwood One (National) and 97.5 FM (Local) (h/t phillylovesarmynavy.com)
Live Stream: CBS Sports
Spread: Army (+7) Over/Under: 56.5 via Bet Online
Army enters this one as a heavy underdog, but in the end, I like Navy's chances of covering the spread.
The Midshipmen enter the prestigious game having won the last 10 meetings between the two. Navy has the better offense and better defense, which is why I like Navy to cover the seven-point spread.
Both teams can run the ball into the ground, but Navy has the edge in passing offense, which I think makes the difference here.
As far as the over/under, I'd take the under here.
There are a lot of points that need to be scored in order to meet the line, and I just don't see both of these offenses combining for more than 56 points.
I'm not saying that it won't happen, but I'd definitely lean more toward the under for Saturday's game.
Injury Report (according to USA Today)
QB John Hendrick—Heel—QST
RB Malcolm Brown—Ankle—QST
RB Larry Dixon—Hip—QST
LB Justin Trimble—Concussion—QST
DB Marques Avery—Shoulder—QST
OL Ben Jebb—Ankle—QST
Navy Player to Watch: QB Keenan Reynolds
This year's Army-Navy game won't be a quarterback shootout by any means, but Midshipmen freshman QB Keenan Reynolds is the player to watch for Navy.
The 5'9" QB is a dual-threat who has thrown for eight touchdowns to one interception and has rushed for another nine scores.
Altogether, Reynolds has compiled 1,339 yards and 17 TDs to lead a Navy team that has averaged 25.5 PPG this season.
Playing against a Black Knights defense that surrendered 19 TDs through the air this season, look for Reynolds to take advantage of a weak defense with his arm and legs on Saturday.
Army Player to Watch: QB Trent Steelman
Like many QBs in college football, senior Trent Steelman is an extremely effective rusher.
His 619 passing yards and one touchdown to two interceptions surely don't impress, but his 1,152 rushing yards and 16 scores certainly do.
Navy has allowed more than 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns to opposing running backs, so you can look for Steelman and RB Raymond Maples to attack the Midshipmen on the ground.
Army boasted the nation's No. 1 rushing attack this season, running for an average of 369.8 YPG.
Prediction: Navy 28, Army 20
It won't be a complete blowout, but Navy will cover the seven-point spread and carry its win streak over Army to 11.
The Black Knights' running game won't be enough to carry them against a Navy team that can score points both through the air and on the ground.
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