Week 8 Service Academy Football Predictions

Army-Navy game

Well. Week 7 was a rough week. Going 0-3 in picks is not ideal, especially when Army and Navy were both on the wrong side of results. At least Air Force surprised me with a win over Boise State. All three academies play against ranked teams this week, which is something that it doesn’t feel like happens very often at all.

Week Results: 0-3. I don’t want to talk about this really.

Closest Pick: Weirdly I wasn’t a million miles away in final scores anywhere. Just the wrong way around.

Season Results: 11-7 (61.1%). Last week I was at (73.3%).

(16) Wake Forest @ Army – This is an interesting one. Wake looked immense through four games, but there has been a few signs of weakness as of late. They crawled out of an 11-point hole to run down Syracuse and win in overtime, but if Army can control clock after picking up a lead like that it is hard to see how the Demon Deacons can pull that off twice in a row. Wake also lives off of turnovers – they have 14 takeaways in six games – but Army has turned it over just four times all year. This – even more than last week – feels like a game Army can win. Army 31, Wake Forest 24.

Navy @ (2) Cincinnati – Navy is playing better, but it is about to face the No. 2 team in the country that believes it has a date with destiny and the College Football Playoff. Navy has the triple-option attack as a weapon to scare the Bearcats – and the way the Mids control tempo when things are going well will cause issues if they can get a lead – but it feels like Cincinnati is just way too good this year for a Navy team that still can’t get out of its own way at times in games. Cincinnati 31, Navy 14.

Air Force @ (22) San Diego State – The Aztecs have been great against the run all year, but so were Boise State and the Falcons knocked them off last weekend. The 6-0 Aztecs were held under 28 points for the first time all season in a 19-13 double overtime win over San Jose State last time out, and that kind of emotional rollercoaster of a win can take its toll. That San Diego State defense allows just 16 points per game, but I like the Falcons’ triple-option that averages 336.4 yards per game – the most in the country – to tear it up. Air Force 28, San Diego State 20.

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