Army-Navy Game 2012: Latest Spread Info, Predictions and More
Regardless of your team affiliation during the year, there is nothing quite like the annual Army-Navy game.
The battle pits together two sides that are heated rivals on the field, but have mutual respect as a group that will soon defend the same country.
Navy has had the overwhelming advantage as of late with 10 straight victories. However, one win by Army could be enough to make up for a decade of disappointment.
Here is everything you need to know about this intense military contest.
When: December 8 at 3 p.m. ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.
Listen: Westwood One, SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Live Stream: CBSSports.com
Spread (via ESPN): Navy (-7)
Navy has the superior team on paper with five more wins, plus the recent history of dominating Army.
While records can usually be thrown out the window in this matchup, in only one of the last 10 games has Army even been within a touchdown of winning.
The neutral field does not give either team an advantage, but the talent level does, and Navy has more of it.
Over/Under (via ESPN): 56
Army needs to work on its defense, but neither team is known for putting a lot of points on the scoreboard.
The constant running will make this game fly by, and the final score should be relatively low compared to this mark.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
RB Malcolm Brown (Ankle) Questionable
RB Larry Dixon (Hip) Questionable
LB Justin Trimble (Concussion) Questionable
DB Marques Avery (Shoulder) Questionable
OL Ben Jebb (Ankle) Questionable
QB John Hendrick (Heel) Questionable
What's At Stake?
When these two teams take the field, all that matters is pride.
This will be Army's last game after a 2-9 season, while Navy has already accepted an invitation to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against Arizona State.
Still, this is the game that will determine whether either side had a successful season.
Key to Navy Victory: Avoid Turnovers
Navy has turned the ball over at least two times in each of the team's four losses this season. Against Penn State and Notre Dame, the Midshipmen gave the ball away four times in each game.
While these are superior teams, there is no excuse for the constant fumbles.
Turnovers kill drives, and they give opposing teams opportunities to score that they ordinarily would not have had against a solid defense.
The Midshipmen will be the better team on Saturday, but they need to make sure they do not give away the game with bad mistakes.
Key to Army Victory: Surprise the Defense
Everyone knows Army likes to run the football. The team is currently No. 1 in the country with 369.8 rushing yards per game, but No. 124 with only 68.1 passing yards.
This would not be a problem, except for the 2-9 record.
Against Navy last season, the Black Knights came close to a victory thanks in part to a 25-yard touchdown pass by quarterback Trent Steelman. It caught the defense off guard and it helped tie the game late.
Army's two wins this season featured Steelman's two highest passing totals on the year. While they were not big games by any means, the change of pace opens up more of the offense.
A few key passes could be all it takes to gain a competitive advantage on that side of the football.
Prediction: Navy 31, Army 21
Army has so many guys that can run, with two players over 1,000 rushing yards for the season and one more with almost 800 on the ground.
However, the defense has allowed 37 points per game and has not improved over the course of the season.
Navy should be able to do enough to outscore the Black Knights and continue its dominant winning streak in this rivalry.
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