DOG of the DAY!
Navy (+7) Noon ABC
If you think there are plenty of reasons to fade Navy after their 55-3 wipe out at the hands of BYU, consider the plight of Tulane. Ravaged this week by the remnants of Hurricane Sally, the Green Wave must also deal with the potential letdown following their 27-24 victory at USA last week. After trailing 6-24, the Wave rallied for 3 scores in a 27-24 comeback victory. Despite success overland vs. the inferior front of USA, note that Tulane will miss best boy RB Dauphine. This series has been a tight one with all 4 recent AAC games decided by 7 or less points. Though 3-1 ATS in the series, Tulane is 1-3 SU and the homer 0-5 ATS in the series. Following the BYU debacle, Navy HC Niumatalolo said “1000% my fault. It was the worst game ever by Navy”. With QB Olsen entering the transfer portal, the fortunes remain in the hands of QB Morris. I expect a huge bounce back by the Middies who are 7-3 ATS/loss L2Y and have a storied history in this role where they are 20-12 ATS as underdog. After being outrushed 301-119 by BYU, look for the Middies to return more to the form that saw them ramble for 385 RY in last year’s game, a 41-38 Navy victory. Due to the dichotomous performance of these teams in Game #1, we are grabbing 10 points of value from where this line would have been at the close of last season as our Dog of the Day. . Be there!