Missouri vs Army - 12/22/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Missouri vs Army - 12/22/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com / USA TODAY NETWORK

Army Black Knights (8-4) vs Missouri Tigers (6-6)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Amon G. Carter Stadium)

Betting Odds: Army Black Knights -6.5 -- Over/Under: 54.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Missouri Tigers will play the Army Black Knights in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Wednesday night.

The Missouri Tigers are 6-6 (3-5) this season and finished the season winning 2 of their last 3 games. Missouri has wins against Central Michigan, South Eastern Missouri, North Texas, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, and Florida and losses to Kentucky, Boston College, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Arkansas this season. Missouri is averaging 29.7 points per game and is giving up 34.7 points per game against, while also averaging 233.2 passing yards per game and 178.9 rushing yards per game this season. Connor Bazelak has completed 65.3% of his passes for 2,548 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. Tyler Badie (Out) has rushed for 1,604 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Tauskie Dove has caught 35 passes for 552 yards. Badie is one of the most explosive players on the Tigers offense, but will be sitting this game out. Behind Badie, Missouri’s next leading rusher only has 150 yards. The defense has been an issue all season for the Tigers, who now have to prepare for the triple option attack of Army.

The Army Black Knights are 8-4 this season and finished the season winning 4 of their last 5 games. Army has wins against Georgia State, Western Kentucky, UCONN, Miami (OH), Air Force, Bucknell, UMASS, and Liberty, while losing to Ball State, Wisconsin, Wake Forest, and Navy. Army is averaging 33.6 points per game and is giving up 22.3 points per game against, while also averaging 94.8 passing yards per game and 286.4 rushing yards per game. Army has the 2nd ranked rushing attack in the country. Christian Anderson has completed 47.5% of his passes for 653 yards and 5 touchdowns for the Black Knights. Anderson has also rushed for 586 yards and 7 touchdowns, while Tyrell Robinson has rushed for 603 yards and 3 touchdowns this season for Army. Isaiah Alston leads the Army receivers with 19 receptions for 419 yards and 3 touchdowns. Army has only attempted 101 passes this season and has rushed the ball 703 times.

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Missouri is 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. The under is 4-0 in Missouri’s last 4 games as an underdog. Army is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games and 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games on natural grass. The over is 4-0 in Army’s last 4 bowl games.

Missouri could be in for a long day in this game with their poorly performing defense going up against the #2 rushing attack in the country. I wouldn’t count on the Missouri defense to get too many stops, but the Army defense could also struggle in this game. Army gave up 70 points to Wake Forest this season and 35 points to Western Kentucky. Army won’t want to get into a shootout, so they will control the clock with long drives. When you add in the fact that Badie is not playing, it makes me like Army more than I already did.

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