Army vs. Navy Odds, Point Spread

Army vs. Navy is one of college football’s best rivalry games. No matter either team’s record, this game is circled on calendars all across the country.

The 123rd meeting between Army and Navy took place on Dec. 10, 2022 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. For the first time ever, the matchup went to overtime, and second overtime in fact, with Army defeating Navy 20-17.

The Midshipmen still hold a 62-54-7 lifetime record advantage over the Black Knights in the historical clash. Get updated odds, spread and betting lines for the next Army vs. Navy game here.

What’s the Army vs. Navy spread?

Army vs. Navy game preview

In the last matchup, the Army Black Knights covered a +2.5 point spread by defeating the Navy Midshipmen. With the help of double overtime, the game also went Over 32 (or 32.5, depending on the book).

Betting trends and game lead-up information will be posted here as the next Army vs. Navy game approaches, so be sure to check back. 

How to bet on Army vs. Navy

One of the most popular ways to bet on sport is to bet on the point spread. Betting the point spread means the team you bet on must win or lose by the odds linemakers set for the game. Here’s a sample point spread for the Army-Navy game from Caesars Sportsbook PA:

  • Navy -2.5 (-110)
  • Army +2.5 (-110)

Betting on Navy -2.5 means that the Midshipmen must win by three or more for you to win your bet. Betting Army +2.5 means that the Black Knights must lose by two points or win outright for you to win your bet. Since the Army vs. Navy odds are -110 on both sides, you’d have to make a $110 bet to win $100

With a spread that low, it might make sense to just bet the moneyline. The moneyline is simply betting that one team will win. FanDuel PA Sportsbook set the following moneyline odds:

  • Navy -137
  • Army +114

Since Navy is the favorite, its moneyline total is still minus. It would cost $137 to win $100 by essentially buying the two points. Betting $100 on Army at +114 would yield $114 with a Black Knights win. Looking at other PA online sportsbooks such as DraftKings, BetMGM and BetRivers can be important for finding the best value. See the updated odds board above to compare Army vs. Navy lines and make sure you’re getting the best odds possible.

Betting on the total is another popular way to bet on college football games in Pennsylvania. Army-Navy is usually expected to be a low-scoring contest.

In service academy games since 2005, which includes Air Force, the Under has a record of 39-10-1, according to BetMGM.

PA sportsbooks do not allow bettors to wager on player props in college football, so you won’t find any odds for those within Pennsylvania state lines.

Where is the next Army vs. Navy game?

Of the 123 games, Philadelphia has hosted the event 92 times as a neutral site between the two academies.

Philadelphia is known for its historical venues, which have seen some memorable moments between Army and Navy. Venues in Philadelphia include:

  • Franklin Field
  • Municipal Stadium
  • John F. Kennedy Stadium
  • Veterans Stadium
  • Lincoln Financial Field

The game has been held in other parts of the East Coast. Last year, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey hosted the Army-Navy game. Back in 2020, Army hosted the game on its home field for the first time since 1943 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Philadelphia won’t host the Army-Navy game until 2027 after the Dec. 10 matchup in 2022. The upcoming schedule is as follows:

  • 2023: Boston (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.) – Dec. 9
  • 2024: Washington, D.C. (FedEx Field, Landover, Md.) – Dec. 14
  • 2025: Baltimore, Md. (M&T Bank Stadium) – Dec. 13
  • 2026: New York City (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ) – Dec. 11

Army vs. Navy uniforms

Every year, both teams sport new, custom jerseys just for the big rivalry.

Last year, playing just 11 miles from the site of the Twin Towers in New York City, Army wore jerseys to commemorate 9/11 victims on the 20th anniversaryand Task Force Dagger. The task force is made up of US Army Special Forces units who were the first to enter Afghanistan to find the Al Queda terrorists who planned the 9/11 attacks.

Navy honored its aviation career paths and its F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets.

Army-Navy football rivalry
Navy players celebrate after a win against Army

In 2017, Army’s ‘Climb to Glory’ uniforms honored the 10th Mountain Division, which was established during World War II and was instrumental in defeating Nazi Germany forces who controlled the mountains of Northern Italy.

Navy’s uniforms that season were inspired by Blue Angels air demonstration squadron. The squadron is made up of five Navy and one Marine demonstration pilot. They travel the world and perform aerobatic maneuvers in tight formations.

Jerseys from other years can be found here.

The history of Army-Navy Football

The Army-Navy rivalry started all the way back in 1890 where Navy won the first-ever matchup 24-0.

There have been 123 games total with the matchup fairly even. The Midshipmen hold a 62-54-7 advantage over the Black Knights.

Navy has dominated the matchup since 1997, going 19-7, including 14 straight wins from 2002-15.

Some of the most memorable games include:

  • 1926: The game ended in a 21-21 tie while both teams played in front of 100,000 people at Soldier Field in Chicago, which was constructed as a memorial to those who died in World War I. With both teams undefeated, Navy won the national title because Army already played to a tie earlier in the season.
  • 2016: Army ended Navy’s 14-game winning streak with a 21-17 victory over the Midshipmen. Army finished with an 8-5 record after five straight losing seasons.
  • 1944: This game was considered the “Game of the Century” as America entered World War II. No. 1 Army knocked off No. 2 Navy, 23-7, to complete an undefeated season in what many considered as the National Championship game.
  • 1963: Heavy hearts poured out as the 1963 Army-Navy game took place two weeks after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Four days later, it was announced that the game would be played as scheduled thanks to Jacqueline Kennedy. Roger Staubach was also awarded the Heisman Trophy on gameday.
  • 1983: It was the only game Army and Navy have played each other west of the Mississippi. The game was played in Pasadena, California at the Rose Bowl, where Navy dominated Army 42-13.

Top Army-Navy traditions

With 122 years of football, traditions have been set in stone when it comes to the Army-Navy game.

  • The Prisoner Exchange: Before the game, seven West Point cadets and seven midshipmen meet at midfield after spending the semester at the rival academy. The “prisoners” then run off the field back to their service academy student section.
  • Army-Navy Drumline Battle: Also before the game, the Army and Navy drumline teams battle it out on the field.
  • The March On: The entire student body of cadets and midshipmen take the field before the game. It is estimated that thousands of students take the field pregame.
  • Honoring the Fallen: Though the rivalry is fierce on the field, when the clock strikes zero, Army and Navy are on the same team. Regardless of outcome, each team sings to the others’ alma mater songs.

Famous Army-Navy graduates

One of the most recognizable sports names to attend Army or Navy is former Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach. Staubach attended Navy from 1962 to 1964 and won two of three matchups against Army. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1963 and served four years in active duty with the Navy before joining the Cowboys in 1969. Stuabach was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

Going back to the 1940s, Ed Sprinkle was an all-time great as a defensive end for Navy. Sprinkle attended Navy in 1943 and played for the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent for 12 seasons. Sprinkle was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020.

Other notable graduates from Navy, relating to sports or not, include:

  • Former President Jimmy Carter
  • Senator John McCain
  • NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson
  • Actor Montel Williams

Alejandro Villanueva is one of the more recent NFL players to play in the Army-Navy game. Villanueva went to Army from 2006 to 2009 and served our country for five years, making three deployments to Afghanistan. Villanueva signed with the Steelers in 2015 and played six seasons in Pittsburgh before retiring with the Ravens after the 2021 season.

Keeping the Pennsylvania tradition going, the Eagles signed offensive lineman Brett Toth for the 2020 season out of Army. Toth was a lieutenant when the Eagles signed him, as Army granted Toth permission to pursue an NFL career. Toth played six games in 2020 and 11 games in 2022. He’s currently on the Eagles’ Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

Other notable graduates from Army, relating to sports or not, include:

  • Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Poet Edgar Allen Poe
  • Former President Ulysses S. Grant
  • Former Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski
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