Army 2018 Betting Preview: Major Regression Coming for Black Knights
Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Army football celebrates after beating Navy in 2017.
Army 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the National Title: +600000
- Win Total: 7 (over -155, under +125)
All lines taken on Aug. 13. Always shop for the best line.
Army 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 7.0
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Army Under 7 wins (+125)
Army will lose quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw this fall, which means its power rating takes a hit. He helped the Black Knights win 20 games over the past three years, including two against Navy, but graduated this summer, so he’s no longer eligible.
Army had plenty of things go right in 2017: a punt block touchdown against Duke and a crazy ending to the Armed Forces Bowl to cap it off. Talk about bad beats to anyone who had Duke and San Diego State.
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Army accumulated a 2nd Order Win Total rating of -2.8, signaling an extreme streak of luck in 2017. Ranking 102nd overall in returning production could knock the Black Knights back a few notches, too.
The schedule is laughable, with three teams that competed at the FCS level last year (Liberty, Lafayette, Colgate), three MAC teams and one of the worst power-rated teams in FBS (San Jose State). We’ll still go Under 7 +125, as the coin-flip games come against teams on the rise. Eastern Michigan has a great combo rushing attack, Navy will be the Malcolm Perry show and Buffalo has its own dynamic star on offense.
What else you need to know about Army
Army has gone under the total in its last eight games after a bye week since 2014. This applies to San Jose State and Navy on the 2018 schedule.