Army vs. Navy Goes Over Total in Stunning Bad Beat

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This year's Army vs. Navy game was one for the history books, if you're a bettor. Whether that history is good or bad depends solely on which side of the total you bet.

Saturday's matchup was the 124th meeting between the two schools and the total closed as low as 27.5 at FanDuel and 28 at other books. As evidenced by that low total, neither team is know for lighting up the scoreboard — they've combined to got 11-8-1 to the under this season entering today, according to Bet Labs.

For most of the day, this game was following the script of yet another under. Navy, down 17-9 with an opportunity to tie and a little more than a minute left in the game, put together a 10-play drive that went 72 yards.

On 4th-and-goal at the two-yard line with three seconds left, the Midshipmen tried a tush push to get into the end zone but were stopped one yard short of the goal line.

Great news for under bettors right?

Actually, it couldn't have played out worse. The clocked stopped at one second because of the change of possession and Army took over on downs at the one yard line. Instead of running forward, Army quarterback shuffled backwards out of the end zone for a safety pushing the total over it's closing line by the hook for anyone who bet 27.5.

One person who wasn't on the under was College Football expert Collin Wilson, who noted that this rivalry game went over its closing total for the first time in 17 years last year in double overtime and recommended betting the over at 27.5 or better.

Based on the betting data from our Action Network app, a good chunk of bettors fall into the other category with about 60% of the money wagered on the total landing on the under in this game.

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