The 122nd Army-Navy Game takes place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Saturday afternoon.
For the first time in a while, neither service academy comes into the rivalry game on a winning streak. The Army Black Knights won in 2020, while the Navy Midshipmen took the contest in 2019.
Prior to Navy's most-recent victory, Army went on a three-game winning run. Navy preceded that with 14 wins in a row.
All of those matchups had one thing in common. The Army-Navy Game is typically a low-scoring affair because of the pace of the triple-option offenses.
Navy's 31 points in 2019 is the only total over the seven meetings to eclipse the 30-point mark. Three of the last four winning scores have not hit 20.
Army-Navy Game Info
Date: Saturday, December 11
Start Time: 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: CBSSports.com and CBS Sports app
Ticket Info: All available tickets can be found here on StubHub.
Spread: Army -7.5
Army 24, Navy 21
The Army-Navy Game is typically one of the most predictable contests of the college football season.
We will see a high volume of running plays and few passes from the service academies over four quarters.
Army averages 301.2 yards on the ground and 93.6 passing yards per game. Navy's splits are even more drastic with 228.7 rushing yards and 54.5 passing yards per contest.
Army has had the more dynamic offense this season, and that led to an 8-3 season and an appearance in the Armed Forces Bowl against the Missouri Tigers.
Navy is the only one of the three service academies in FBS football to not qualify for a bowl game, but it has played decent football over the last month.
Navy picked up wins over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and Temple Owls and lost by three points to the East Carolina Pirates in three of its last four games.
The decent run of form combined with the motivation to end the season with a win over Army should keep Navy in the contest for four quarters.
Both squads give up over 100 yards per game on the ground, so we will not see a defensive stalemate inside the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets.
Army put up 127 points in its last three contests, while Navy totaled 73 points in its last two trips to the gridiron.
Of course, the familiarity with the opponent's offensive approach can help the two defenses, but these are offensive units that come into the game with a decent amount of confidence.
Even though there have been some lengthy winning streaks in the past, the rivalry game has typically produced some close affairs.
Navy had four one-score wins during the final five years of its long winning streak. Army won its three straight games from 2017-19 by a combined 12 points.
Army's offense has been the more consistent side throughout the season, and it should use its better rushing defense to limit Navy in some parts of the game.
However, do not expect the Black Knights to run away with the contest like they did in last year's 15-0 victory.
Navy should be competitive for four quarters, and it can cover the spread. If the two sides are close, the game could feature a pair of 20-point scores for the first time since 2011.