Navy and Pittsburgh headline the Military Bowl in what should be a tightly contested affair, as sportsbooks initially opened the Midshipmen as 4-point favorites for the tilt. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds took a middle of the pack Midshipmen squad and brought them to new levels this season, becoming a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate in the process as the leader of Navy’s triple-option attack.
<li>Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU and ATS in its last five games in December.</li>
<li>Pittsburgh is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games after losing the previous game.</li>
<li>The total has gone UNDER in six of Pitts' last eight games against the AAC.</li>
Navy has only suffered defeats against Top 25 teams Notre Dame and Houston this season, which means Pitt will have their work cut out for them. The Panthers are no slouch, however. Under first-year head coach Pat Narduzzi, the Panthers had its first eight-win season since 2010 and their first winning record in the ACC since 2011. This will mark Narduzzi’s first bowl game of his career.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has given Navy fits in recent games, as the Midshipmen are 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games versus the conference.