The Mizzou Tigers are a top 10 team in the country, but they have not been able to win their last two games. This week, Missouri looks for its first victory of the season when it takes on Army Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field.,
The “ncaa football playoffs” is the final four teams in college football. The Missouri Tigers and Army Black Knights will be playing on December 2nd, and the winner of this game will go to the NCAA Football Championship Game.
On Wednesday, the Missouri Tigers will face the Army Black Knights in the Armed Forces Bowl. It’s time to resume our college football odds series with a selection and prediction for Missouri vs. Army.
One of these teams, and it wasn’t Missouri, had a thrilling season. The Tigers finished with a 6-6 record, which was perfectly ordinary. They defeated everyone they were predicted to beat and lost to everyone who was better than them, making them one of the nation’s most predictable teams.
Army, on the other hand, is the polar opposite. The Black Knights fought hard against the Wisconsin Badgers and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, but fell to the Ball State Cardinals early in the season. Despite their inconsistency, Army finished 8-4 and qualified for a bowl game against an SEC opponent.
The odds for the Missouri-Army game are provided by FanDuel.
Missouri vs. Army College Football Odds
+6.5 for Missouri Tigers (-115)
-6.5 for the Army Black Knights (-105)
Over: 54.5 points (-115)
Below: 54.5 (-105)
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Why Missouri Might Be Able to Cover the Gap
The Tigers aren’t the finest offensive team in the country, but they’re still the strongest offense Army has faced since the Black Knights beat Wake Forest in late October. Army surrendered 70 points in the game, mostly due to their inability to halt the passing offense. Missouri’s passing offense has been strong, averaging over 215 yards per game and a 64 percent completion rate. Army allowed an average of 8.7 yards per throw and 215 passing yards per game during the regular season, so the Tigers should be able to move the ball via the air in this one.
While the Black Knights have a good overall record, they haven’t fared as well against the spread. Army has a 6-6 ATS record, but when we examine at this game, that number drops considerably. Army has been the favorite in seven games, but they have only covered in two of them. It’s likely that the bookies are overvaluing the Knights in this encounter, which represents a significant step up in competitiveness.
Why the Army Might Be Able to Cover the Spread
Army is clearly one of the most run-heavy teams in the country, which should benefit them in this game. Missouri has been one of the worst defensive teams in college football, particularly when it comes to stopping the run. The Tigers allow opponents to gain 223 running yards per game and 5.3 yards per carry, both of which are among the worst in the country. The Knights should rip through this bad defense the whole game and have a huge advantage in time of possession.
Missouri’s offensive had success with a balanced assault, but that won’t be an option here. When it comes to stopping opposition ground games, the Army has been strong, and that tendency should continue. Only 118 running yards per game and 3.9 yards per carry are allowed by the Knights, demonstrating how strong their run defense has been. Missouri will be forced to pass in this game, which the Knights should be able to take advantage of to put up a strong defensive performance.
Missouri-Army Final Prediction & Pick
This is a simple choice. Missouri has done nothing this season to demonstrate that it can compete with a club like Army. With confidence, lock in the Knights.
Army Black Knights (-6.5) are the final Missouri-Army pick (-105)