Houston Vs. Army Predictions – Armed Forces Bowl Betting Odds
The Houston Cougars and the Army Black Knights prepare to clash in one of the most intriguing bowls this season. Both teams have had the share of success this year, although the path and the style to get it is far different one from the other. Army opened as a 4-point favorite at MyBookie.ag but it has climbed up to 5-points. 61% of the betting public is taking the Knights to cover the spread. The game total is currently at 73 points. At some point during the week, it was at 74 points.
Houston Cougars vs. Army Black Knights Bowl Predictions
If you have been following my picks all season, you know by now Army has been a personal betting choice every weekend. More often than not, the Knights will give us a profit. I’m still enjoying cocktails when they covered the spread on the road against Oklahoma this season. Since that loss to the Sooners in overtime, Army has won eight straight games, including the annual rivalry meeting against Navy. Against the Midshipmen, they failed to cover the spread as a 7-point favorite. They were up by ten points with less than a minute to go, but they couldn’t run out the clock. The bet ended it a push, but it should have been a winner. Army was so much better than Navy.
What makes Army so difficult to stop is their wiliness to stay with the run game no matter what. They average a whopping 296.3 rushing yards per game this season. They are also the best team in third-down conversion in all the College Football landscape. Opponents know by now that the Knights are always looking to eat up the clock by taking long drives. What drives them crazy is they can’t stop them on third down. Army covers 55.6% of their third-down situations, which is by far the best in the nation.
Houston has a tremendous offense that averages 46.4 points per game and more than 300.9 passing yards. But how is the offense going to be effective if they are never on the field? That’s precisely what happened to Oklahoma when they met Army. Their offense scored quickly, but their defense was exhausted on every series. I’ve been riding Army all season, and I’m going for it once again this weekend. Their playing style is so unique it infuriates teams that are not used to seeing that type of run option offenses. What’s the play? Army -5.
Spread: Army -5
Money line: Houston +180 vs. Army -220
Game total: 73
Date: Saturday, December 22, 2018
Game time: 3:30 PM ET
Venue: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
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