Army will look to stay unbeaten when it hosts Miami (Ohio) on Saturday afternoon. The RedHawks have dropped two road games against quality opponents already this season. Army is coming off a blowout win over Connecticut last week.
Miami needing to clean up run defenseMiami will have it third shot at a quality win on Saturday afternoon. The RedHawks have come up short twice so far, opening the year with a 49-14 loss at No. 8 Cincinnati. They were much more competitive in Week 2, falling to Minnesota on the road in a 31-26 nail-biter. Miami trailed 21-3 at halftime, but it scored the next 17 points to pull within one point. Minnesota answered with 10 unanswered points to pick up the win. The RedHawks were able to notch their first win of the season last week, blowing out Long Island in a 42-7 final.
Sophomore quarterback Brett Gabbert missed the season opener, but he has played in the last two games. He completed 10 of 16 attempts for 171 yards in the win over Long Island. Gabbert recorded two touchdowns and one interception in the blowout. Freshman running back Keyon Mozee leads the rushing attack with 35 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown. David Afari has added 17 attempts for 120 yards. Senior wide receiver Jack Sorenson has caught 13 passes for a team-high 215 yards and two touchdowns. Miami has struggled to slow down the run this year, allowing 175 rushing yards to Minnesota and 247 against Cincinnati.
Army trying to stay unbeatenArmy is looking to add another win to its unbeaten start to the season. It opened the year with a 43-10 blowout at Georgia State. The Black Knights’ lone competitive game came in Week 2, when they snuck past Western Kentucky in a 38-35 final. They led 35-14 early in the fourth quarter, but Western Kentucky scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns. Army rolled against Connecticut last week, jumping out to a 42-0 lead at halftime. The Huskies scored 21 points in the second half to make the final score look closer than it really was.
The Black Knights are known for their triple-option rushing attack, but they are throwing the ball a little more than usual this year as well. Quarterback Christian Anderson has completed 8 of 10 attempts for 187 yards and three touchdowns, creating some balance. Anderson has also rushed for a team-high 195 yards on 43 attempts. Running back Tyrell Robinson has 13 attempts for 177 yards, averaging 13.6 yards per carry. Anthony Adkins and Jakobi Buchanan are both over 100 yards on the season as well. Army is averaging 44.3 points per game and has just eight penalties through three games.
Miami Ohio is:
- 4-12 ATS in its last 16 non-conference games
- 2-5 ATS in its last seven September games
- 4-1 ATS in its last five games
- 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games after tallying 450 yards or more in its previous game
- 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games as a favorite
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
This number has been slowly ticking up, but it has not gone through another key number yet. Army is an excellent bet at anything under -9.5. The Black Knights are going to control the time of possession and they should score on almost every drive. Miami was unable to slow down a Minnesota rushing attack that was without its starting running back and the RedHawks were gashed by Cincinnati to open the season. Army not only has one of the best rushing attacks in the country, but the passing game is an additional element. The Black Knights only need a few stops to cover this spread.
Full-Game Total Pick
I think the value is on the over in this spot. Miami was without its starting quarterback in Week 1, which has led to some skewed numbers heading into this game. The RedHawks are more than capable of scoring on Saturday, especially in garbage time. Connecticut is one of the worst teams in the country and it put up three late touchdowns against Army last week. I expect the Black Knights to score pretty much every time they touch the ball in this game. The total has been bet down since the opening number came out, providing some buyback value at the current price.