BYU vs. Navy Pick – College Football, September 7, 2020
This Labor Day matchup between BYU and Navy is their first meeting since 1989.
The Cougars landed in Annapolis after being forced to completely revamp their schedule, while the Midshipmen were supposed to begin the year in Dublin battling the Fighting Irish.
After lots of maneuvering and a bit of compromise, we’re getting treated to an evenly-matched holiday battle on ESPN to help kick off the college football season.
It’s time to lock in a BYU vs. Navy pick and get ready for the action.
BYU vs. Navy Odds
Those interested in backing Navy are loving the way this line has shifted.
The leading sportsbooks opened this game installing Navy as a comfortable 2.5-point favorite. Fast forward to now and we can latch onto the Midshipmen getting 1.5 points.
2020 is a new year and these rosters have experienced substantial turnover, but it’s hard to ignore the facts. Navy led the country in 2019 covering the spread a whopping 76.9% of the time. BYU was on the opposite end of the spectrum going just 4-9 ATS.
BYU vs. Navy Preview
The first obstacle Ken Niumatalolo must overcome is replacing Malcolm Perry. It looked like Perry Olsen was set to be the guy, but Dalen Morris is the QB who has impressed his coach the most during practice.
Don’t expect much to change as far as the way Ivin Jasper calls plays on offense. The Midshipmen will feature the same triple-option attack that enabled them to lead the nation in rushing a season ago. The word on Morris is that the senior is an incredibly hard worker with a pretty live arm, so don’t be shocked if Navy has a few trick plays up their sleeve.
BYU’s offense was also in line to take flight on Labor Day. Unfortunately, star tight end Matt Bushman tore his Achilles on September 1st and is now shelved for the season.
According to reports, talented @BYUfootball TE Matt Bushman suffered a torn achilles tendon in practice Monday and will be lost for the season. Huge blow for the Cougars offense. https://t.co/ycI7RCth2N— Salt Lake Tribune Sports (@sltribsports) September 1, 2020
Losing Bushman just adds insult to injury for the Cougars passing attack. Remember, Zach Wilson’s top three wideouts from 2019 are no longer with the team. This is essentially a brand-new receiving corps that’s going to be asked to do a lot in Annapolis.
Perhaps too much.
BYU vs. Navy Prediction
Committing to a BYU vs. Navy pick seems pretty black and white.
The Cougars struggle against the run and head coach Kalani Sitake is searching for playmakers on offense.
The Midshipmen are as disciplined as any group in the country, plus this game takes place on Navy’s home field.
Add it all up and it’s going to be an uphill battle for the team from Provo.
Backing the Midshipmen to win the game outright has plenty of merit, but we’re already getting reduced juice if we take the point-in-a-half.
Rather than be greedy, I’ll gobble up the extra bit of insurance.