Free Week 8 Prediction: Redhawks vs Black Knights Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(3-4) Miami OH Redhawks vs. Army Black Knights (4-2)
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Michie Stadium, West Point, NY
NCAA Football Spread: Army -8
NCAA Betting Total: 48
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The Miami Ohio Redhawks have won their of their last 4 games after getting off to an 0 – 3 start to the season. Last weekend’s win over Kent State brought the Redhawks to 3 – 4, and the ground game continues to pay dividends. The Redhawks had 4 different running backs gain over 50 yards a piece, making QB Gus Ragland’s job much easier.
The Army defense has been playing lights out of late, and is had led them to 4 wins in their last 5 outings. The Black Knights are in the top-25 defensively in points allowed, rushing yards and total yards allowed in 2018.
Junior QB Kelvin Hopkins Jr. has driven the Knights to the 2nd best rushing attack in the nation. The Knights gained 341 yards on 65 carries in their 52 – 3 win over San Jose State last weekend.
Miami OH Redhawks
After their 0 – 3 start to the season, the Redhawk offense has finally got their wings under them. Gus Ragland entered his senior season with high hopes, and the offense sputtered tremendously early in the season. Suddenly, the Hawks are back on track and have put up 31 or more in their last 4 games.
The Redhawks are a single point away from being 4 – 0 in conference play, their only loss being to Western Michigan, 40 – 39. Everyone in camp, and the fans, can say they have put their non-conference results to sleep, because things looked bleak at 0 – 3.
All of the Redhawk faithful know that Gus Ragland has some big-time fight in him. He made that evident in his sophomore season when he returned from injury and went 6 – 0 to close out the year — En route to an unlikely bowl appearance, thank you very much.
Don’t be too mislead by the rushing stats for this Redhawk team as a whole. Yes, statistically they rank 88th in the nation in rushing, but Alonzo Smith and Kenny Young are both dangerous out of that back field. Young is averaging 9 yards per touch with 3 scores on the ground, and has two more TDs to claim in the passing game.
Army Black Knights
Speaking of the ground game, the Black Knights certainly have that going for them this season. They also have one of the best rushing defenses in the country, so welcome to West Point!
Miami Ohio may have plans to run the ball on this road trip to the beautiful Hudson Valley this weekend, but they might want to have an alternate plan of attack to rely on. The Army defense is as solid as it comes in all of the land, as evident in Oklahoma or any other game you want to mention.
Trying to run the ball against Army at home, will leave you feeling like you played two football games today. “So, you want to try to run against us and get physical in our house?” Uh, I don’t think so kids, because this is War, and football at the Academies means you’re in for the fight of your life on this field today. Oh, they do a bit more than that off the field too, so a BIG THANK YOU to all of our service members in this country we live in!!
Army will certainly rely on that running game for another 65 dashes, but Miami Ohio will also be ready for that plan of attack. These two QBs might have to do more than rely on the ground support, and Kelvin Hopkins does at least use his arm more than we are accustom to seeing at Army. That could prove to be the difference, especially in a close game when someone is going to need to throw the ball to move the chains.
Mud, blood, sweat and emotions is about the only way the Black Knights know how to approach games at West Point. I know, because I literally live 3 exits away from it off of I84, and have been there to see it.
There is no doubt that we will see plenty of handoffs in this game, and both of them enjoy stopping it.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Redhawks are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
- Under is 8-3 in Redhawks last 11 non-conference games.
- Under is 38-18 in Redhawks last 56 games in October.
- Black Knights are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
- Black Knights are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Over is 16-6 in Black Knights last 22 vs. MAC.
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I think the -8 is a little steep for Army here, and I know that’s about the line we should see. However, Gus Ragland and the Redhawks will be able to manage to stay in this game for 60 minutes.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Army is favored at -8 with a 48 listed on the total. Free ATS or O/U final score pick provided below!
The first play is on Miami Ohio to cover the +8 point spread on the road. This isn’t another rivalry game for either team, as they have not met in 7 years and don’t meet often at all. There will be plenty of emotion, because that’s simply what you get in Academy games.
How does 30 – 24 sound? High scoring game could break out, although the clock will be running because of the carries. I see marginal success for both offenses though, so the total to go over the number seems fair to me as well.
Miami Ohio +8 and the Over 48 makes this a ‘Double-play of the Day’, so enjoy the 2x 4* action!
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Miami OH 24 – Army 30
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