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Midshipmen Kickoff Season on National TV

The BYU Cougars and the Navy Midshipmen will both be looking to go 1-0 on the season tonight. They meet at Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Monday. College football fans are just lucky to have a season so they can watch college football.

TIME: 8:00 p.m. ET. TV: ESPN; BETTING LINE: BYU -1 / TOTAL 48.5

Oddsmakers opened the Navy Midshipmen as -3-point favorites versus the Cougars, while the game’s total opened at 56.5 and it has changed immensely. That happens from time to time in early preseason games.

Navy’s Season will Depend on New QB

The Navy Midshipmen led the nation in rushing last year but are breaking in a new starting quarterback. Even if that was not enough pressure, it will be intensified playing against a good BYU team on national television.

Senior Dalen Morris takes over for Malcolm Perry, who ran for 2,017 yards last season. The triple-option wizard led Navy to an 11-2 record and 360.5 rushing yards per game. Morris had a strong preseason camp. He briefly appeared in four games over the past two seasons.

Navy ended last season on a four-game winning streak. They went 7-1 in the American Athletic Conference and finished with a 20-17 Liberty Bowl win over Kansas State. That was a brilliant bounce-back season after falling to 3-10 in 2018. Which was only Ken Niumatalolo’s second losing season in 14 years at the Naval Academy.

Fullbacks Jamale Carothers and Nelson Smith lead the offense. Carothers had 743 yards and 14 touchdown on 6.6 yards per carry. Smith had 571 yard and seven TD’s). Niumatalolo raved about the camp development of senior slotback Myles Fells, who had 18 carries last season.

BYU is Talented but Lost Key Players

BYU comes into the season with experience at quarterback and a 7-6 record playing as an independent last season. Junior Zach Wilson has 3,960 passing yards in 18 games over the past two years. That is including an injury-disrupted 2019 season. He finished strong last year by throwing for nearly 900 yards in the final three games.

BYU suffered a major blow in preseason camp when potential All-American, Matt Bushman, tore his Achilles tendon. This will hurt a team that finished 120th last season in the red-zone. They will have to have someone stepping up.

They do have a veteran offensive line to help the cause. The unit is led by Junior left tackle Brady Christensen and Junior center James Empey. The Cougars will lean on their size on experience to lead the offense.

This, That, and a Dart Throw

This college football season is going to be a crazy one and we are lucky just to be able to watch a season of any kind. With everything going haywire because of the COVID-19 panic this season is going to be one for the record books.

I am not expecting a good game tonight. Both teams couldn’t prepare like they normally could because of coronavirus restrictions. That is going to make for sloppy play in my opinion. Both teams are talented and each have holes to fill. In reality I don’t care how sloppy the games are at this point, as watching college football is going to be good enough to start with. Teams will play themselves into shape and we will see it, but not tonight

The Dart Throw: BYU 24, NAVY 13

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BYU vs Navy Betting Odds & Trends
Navy Midshipmen
Navy is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Navy is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Navy is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Navy is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Navy’s last 7 games at home
BYU Cougars
Brigham Young is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Brigham Young is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Brigham Young is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Brigham Young is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Brigham Young’s last 5 games on the road

Next up:
BYU at Army Saturday, September 19
Navy at Tulane Saturday, September 19

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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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