Army-Navy Game In College Football Spotlight Saturday
By: Willie Bee
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Navy Midshipmen vs. Army Black Knights
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Date: 12/08/2012 at 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Navy -8½, O/U 57
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Navy Midshipmen: The Commander-in-Chief Trophy is up for grabs as the Middies (7-4 straight-up, 4-7 against the spread) prepare for battle with the Cadets in Philadelphia. Navy last took to the gridiron three weeks ago with a 21-10 win over Texas State, just missing the cover as a 12-point home favorite. The Midshipmen rushed for over 400 yards in the game for a third time this season, and Noah Copeland led the way with 110 yards on 17 carries, two of them crossing the goal line for touchdowns. Gee Gee Greene leads the team with 750 rushing yards on the year, followed by Copeland (592) and quarterback Keenan Reynolds (585), who also has 754 passing yards and an 8:1 TD-to-interception ratio. Navy has won the last 10 meetings with Army and stands 56-49-7 all-time in the series. The last six clashes have stayed "under" the total, and the Middies are 7-3 to the low side of the scoreboard this season.
Army Black Knights: Despite just two wins on the campaign, the Cadets (2-9 SU, 3-8 ATS) can still lay claim to a successful season with a victory on Saturday, which would give them their first Commander-in-Chief Trophy since 1996. Army has had three weeks to digest a 63-32 pounding at the hands of Rutgers in a game that saw the two teams combine for over 900 yards rushing, 534 of those belonging to the Scarlet Knights. The Black Knights ran for over 400 yards in the contest, the fifth time this year they have topped the 400-yard rushing plateau in a game, as they sit atop the national rankings with nearly 370 yards per contest on the ground. Quarterback Trent Steelman leads the team with 1,152 rushing yards and 16 TDs, and he is joined in the 1,000-yard club by Raymond Maples (1,059). Though they have lost the last 10 games vs. Navy, the West Pointers have covered three of the last six, including last season's 27-21 defeat as touchdown underdogs.
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