The Vegas Take on Army vs. Navy
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The Vegas Take on Army vs. Navy

When it comes to Army-Navy everyone has an opinion. There is a reason this particular game evokes more feeling and passion than any other on the calendar, and there is a reason that the NCAA and TV networks agree to schedule it on a weekend which for the most part is free of football.

When it comes to Army-Navy everyone has an opinion. There is a reason this particular game evokes more feeling and passion than any other on the calendar, and there is a reason that the NCAA and TV networks agree to schedule it on a weekend which for the most part is free of football. Most people around the country do not watch Army or Navy on a regular basis, but as with all traditions some things stick and as a result this game will be beamed into the living rooms of millions on Saturday.

While it is true that everyone has an opinion, it is also true that some are more relevant than others. While every Army or Navy serviceman will try to convince you that his Academy will win by double digits, as members of the Air Force pretend that they don't care, the truth is that you can't always buy what the average Joe is selling. The argument can in fact be made that only one group of people really has their finger on the pulse of the match up, Vegas.

And Vegas likes Navy.

When you stand to win or lose the amount of money that Vegas does on every match up your line makers better as keyed in to college football as anyone. At the start of the season Navy opened up as 4.5 point favorites over Army. In layman's terms Navy are supposed to win, but it will be a close game. This was of course before the two squads had contrasting seasons which saw Navy rebound from a slow start to clinch a bowl berth, while Army have just two wins and need a Commander-in-Chief's Trophy victory to salvage the year.

As a result of the two teams fortunes that line has continued to swing in Navy's favor and as of this writing the odds makers faith in Navy has doubled and they are a nine point favorite. To me more than a touchdown favorite is rare when you consider that this is both a rivalry game and a match up which features two option attacks, factors which often swing the line closer.

All this points to the fact that the men in the know think that the Mids have every shot of taking the CIC Trophy this year with a comfortable victory. News that should please every Navy fan less than a week before kick off.