Army vs Air Force: Prediction, Pick, Spread, Football Match Odds, Live Stream, Watch Online, TV Channel

The 51st annual Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy competition continues Saturday as the Army and Air Force meet in Arlington, Texas for the 2022 Commander’s Classic. For the Air Force, the game presents a chance to clinch the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy for the 21st time after defeating the Navy in a thriller 13-10 last month in Colorado Springs.

Accomplishing this feat may prove difficult, however, as this stage of the competition has gone the way of the Army in recent years. Jeff Monken’s Black Knights have won four of the last five in this series, including a 21-14 overtime victory last season that prevented the Falcons from winning the Commander-in-Chief Trophy. The Army would fall to the Navy at the end of the season, resulting in only the fifth shared trophy in the competition’s history (the Army officially “kept” the trophy).

The Air Force has the most Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy wins with 20, ahead of the Navy with 15 and the Army with nine, but the Falcons haven’t won the competition since 2016 due in part to recent shortcomings of that game. With the neutral venue of Globe Life Field as the backdrop, the trophy will be in play for the Air Force’s take on Saturday as the Army seeks its first rivalry win from the Commander-in-Chief of the season and create an opportunity to win the trophy outright on Dec. 10 in Philadelphia against Navy.

Army vs. Air Force: Need to Know

Air Force seeks to combine CiC success with conference success: While the Falcons haven’t won the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy since 2016, Troy Calhoun has made the program one of the powerhouses in the Mountain West Conference in recent years. Air Force tied for the Mountain Division title in 2021 with a 6-2 record and finished second in the division with a 7-1 record in 2019. When you exclude the COVID-shortened season of 2020, this program of the Air Force is 26-8 the past three seasons, and with a win will be bowl-eligible for the 13th time in the past 16 seasons.

Exposed Elite Rush Attacks: Air Force ranks No. 1 nationally in rushing yards per game with 336.8, barely ahead of the Army which is No. 2 with 334.6 rushing yards per game. The two programs are also tied for fourth nationally with 25 rushing touchdowns, just three behind the FBS-leading Georgia Bulldogs (28). Few teams in the country commit to the race like these two programs, with the Air Force ranking second in the FBS with 59.4 attempts per game and the Army third with 55.6 attempts per game. Only the Navy Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy rival, with 61.1 attempts per game, throws the ball more often.

Air Force FB Brad Roberts climbs the record books: Roberts, a senior, had been a key part of the Air Force offense, and his contributions are well represented in the program’s record books. Roberts recently became the Air Force’s all-time leading fullback rusher with 2,756 career yards, and ranks fifth on the career rush list for all players. He also has the most career rushing touchdowns for a guard with 31 (sixth all-time among all players) and continues to add to that tally with six rushing touchdowns in eight games this season. Roberts is only 249 yards away from moving into fourth place on this all-time running list, and if he maintains his average of 117.9 yards per game, which is No. 10 nationally, he could make a run for third all-time in the bowl game.

How to watch Army vs Air Force live

Date: Saturday 5 Nov | Time: 11:30 a.m. ET
Location: Globe Life Stadium — Arlington, TX
TV: SCS | Direct: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports app (free)

Army vs. Air Force prediction, choice

Featured game | Army West Point Black Knights vs. Air Force Falcons

Since 2005, under betting in games between service academies has increased to 42-9-1. Even though bettors have followed the trend over the years and lowered the totals, under bets continue to cash in. The methodology is simple and works on both sides of the ball for both teams. Since service academies run the ball more than almost any other college football team, the clock rarely stops. And since service academy defenses know option-based principles by practicing against them every day, there aren’t as many mistakes that result in long-running plays. It takes a lot of plays to move the ball down the field 3-4 yards at a time and those runs move the clock forward. All of these conditions limit points and bring us back to the pit for another penny. Prediction: Under 40.5

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