2021 Army – Navy Odds: Analysis, Key Stats, Sportsbook Promos

Written By Brett Gibbons on December 9, 2021
Army vs Navy

The annual Army vs Navy rivalry goes well beyond just a college football game. Held on its own week every year, it’s a spectacle, a showcase of America’s service members, and a chance for the nation to see football through a different lens. Of course, you can also bet on Army – Navy odds for this great American classic.

One of the best rivalries in all of sports kicks off 3 p.m. ET on CBS this Saturday, December 11 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Below, we’ll look at 2021 Army – Navy odds and break down both of the teams. Included are historical results of both the rivalry and the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

2021 Army – Navy odds

Army vs Navy game analysis

The Army Black Knights (8-3) are favorites against the Navy Midshipmen (3-8). The game has a season-low over/under of points. That’s modest by any football standard but typical of these matchups.

Army fields the best offensive player in this game, quarterback Christian Anderson. He leads all rushers who have at least 100 attempts with 5.7 yards per carry. Fullback Jakobi Buchanan leads Army with 11 rushing touchdowns this season. At 260 pounds, he and Anderson see the most goal line work this year.

Fullback Isaac Ruoss leads Navy in carries, yards, and touchdowns this year. The Midshipmen have struggled mightily in scoring this season, ranking 110th in points per game (20.4). Navy is last in generating long plays, with just 23 plays over 20 yards all season (11 games). That’s not atypical for service academy teams (Army is 125th and Air Force is 110th), but they’re failing to find the red zone, either. Their 3.2 drives per game that reach the opposing 20 yard line is 80th, compared to 4.0 from Army (40th) and 4.5 from Air Force (10th).

The triple option in the modern day is used to exploit defenses that aren’t gap sound and struggle with time of possession. Service academies are well-suited to defending the triple option, further reinforcing the low over/under.

This season, Navy is allowing 2.68 points per drive (98th) while only scoring 1.81 points per drive (98th); the net points per drive, -0.87, is 104th overall. Army, on the other hand, is sixth in points per drive nationally (3.24).

Army has been remarkably bad defending inside the red zone this season. They’ve surrendered a score on 91.7% of opposing drives, but most of those have been field goals; their points allowed per drive, 2.22, is 67th nationally.

Past Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy Winners

2016Air Force
2014Air Force
2011Air Force

Who has won the most Commander-in-Chief’s trophies?

Since the trophy was established in 1972, Air Force has won it the most times (20). Their last claim of the trophy was in 2016. Navy has the second-most claims (18) after a seven-year stretch from 2003-2009. Army has the fewest Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy wins (nine), but has claimed it three of the last four seasons.

Army vs Navy Past Results

Navy leads the all-time series 61-53-7 (0.533), including winning a series-record 14 straight games from 2002-2015. Since the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy was established, Navy leads the series 30-18-1 (62.2% winning percentage). The largest series blowout also belongs to Navy, 51-0 in 1973.


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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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