The Black Knights open as 5.5 point favorites(o/u 54.5, -210 moneyline) over Middle Tennessee State.
Although the Black Knights were 5-8 against the spread last season (also their final record), Army is
3-3 against the spread in season opener under head coach Jeff Monken.
While an over/under of 54.5 may seem like a tall task when a team enjoys long drives as much as Army, the Black Knights have gone over four times in six games under Monken.
All of Army’s wins last year were by a touchdown or more so if they’re going to emerge in this game with a victory, they will likely cover the 5.5 spread.
Middle Tennessee State is coming off a 4-8 season. All four wins were in Conference USA play. The Blue Raiders return redshirt junior quarterback Asher O’Hara, who rushed for a team-high 1,068 and nine TDs and passed for 2,616 yards and 20 TDs last season.
August 31, 2020 at 1:20 PM
These two teams appear to be an even physical match . If errors are minimized, likely to be a low scoring game as both try to clean off the rust and find a flow on offense. The Army offense features players with lots of game experience. With QB Laws still recovering, starter Christian Anderson, while a senior, actually has the least experience among the starting 11. Can he carry the mail and sustain drives ? Will be interesting to see if Def Coord Nate Woody’s new concept has jelled . MTSU’s pass and run QB will certainly test it. Look for younger players ( soph and frosh) to make their debut as Army tries to develop depth for the 12 game season.