It’s Over: Army-Navy Game Goes Over to End 16-year Streak of the Under
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One of the greatest streaks in sports is officially over. Pun intended.
The Army vs. Navy game went over the total for the first time in 17 years. The under was previously on a 16-game winning streak in one of the biggest rivalries in all of college football.
By now, people know not to expect too many points in service academy matchups. It’s mostly because the teams run the triple-option attack, which tends to slow down the games and run a lot of the clock.
That led to the public backing the under with 60% of the bets at BetMGM on the under. The money was on the under according to our Action Network bet labs database with 81% of the handle on the under.
In this year’s iteration, the total closed at 32.5 on most sportsbooks. And bettors had to sweat it the entire game.
The score was 10-7 with 2:30 left in the fourth quarter. Some quick math would tell you under bettors had 15.5 points to spare.
That’s usually plenty of cushion with only 2.5 minutes left to play. But anyone who’s ever taken an under knows the overtime could cause some serious issues.
Army kicked a field goal with two minutes to play to tie it up 10-10, and everyone who bet the total had overtime on their mind.
A couple of touchdowns later in overtime and the score was 17-17, and the Army-Navy game had officially gone over for the first time in 17 years.
Army kicked a field goal in the second overtime to win 20-17. Army has now won the famous matchup in five of the last seven years.