Troy at Army Prediction - College Football Picks 10/14/23

Army Black Knights (2-3) vs Troy Trojans (4-2)

Game Info: Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 3:30 pm (Blaik Field at Michie Stadium)

Betting Odds: Army Black Knights +2.5 -- Over/Under: 44.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Troy Trojans will head up to West Point to face the Army Black Knights this weekend from Michie Stadium on CBS Sports. Army and Troy faced off for the first time last season, and the Trojans snuck away in low-scoring battle, 10-9.

Troy Trojans Preview

Troy moved to 4-2 after defeating Arkansas State at home, 37-3. The Trojans shut the Red Wolves out for the majority of the contest, and they’ll look to bring that same energy to West Point on Saturday. The Troy offense is scoring 27.8 ppg, while passing for 264.7 ypg, rushing for 179.5 ypg, and converting 41.1% of their third downs.

Troy Player Notes

Gunnar Watson enjoyed another solid performance in last week’s blowout win, passing for 236 yards and a touchdown. The senior QB has turned things around quickly after a 1-2 start, and he’ll look to quarterback another victory over Army this weekend. Watson has passed for 1,539 yards, with ten touchdowns to four interceptions thru the six games. 

Kimani Vidal went off in the win over Arkansas State, going for 245 yards and three touchdowns, and he now leads the Sun Belt with 835  rushing yards.  

• Junior wideout Jabre Barber had a big game in the victory over Georgia State, and he leads the team in catches (25) and receiving yards (317).. 

• The Troy defense has allowed 20.3 points per game.

 

Army Black Knights Preview

Army dropped to 2-3 after losing to Boston College at home by three, 27-24. The Black Knights let BC escape with a last-minute touchdown in the fourth, and they’ll look to prevent a third straight loss this weekend. The Army offense is scoring 29.4 ppg, while passing for 156.6 ypg, rushing for 199.8 ypg, and converting 36.2% of their third downs.

Army Player Notes

Bryson Daily played solid despite the final result versus Boston College, gaining 105 yards thru the air with a touchdown, and 99 yards on the ground. The junior quarterback was bottled up in both Power 5 matchups, and he’ll be in for another stiff test here against Troy. Daily has passed for 697 yards, with six touchdowns to four interceptions, and added 374 yards and three scores on the ground through five games.

• Sophomore back Hayden Reed scored in the loss to BC, and he leads the RB room with 180 rushing yards on 41 carries.

• Second-year wideout Noah Short scored against Syracuse and UTSA, and he leads the Knights in receptions (13), with 208 yards.

• The Army defense is allowing 20.4 points per game.

 

Troy vs Army Trends

Troy is 2-4 against the spread, with a 3-3 O/U record. 

Army is 2-3 ATS, with a 2-2 over/under record.

Corey’s Free Pick

The Army/Troy matchup lived up to its mantra last season, and this year’s contest may result in another physical, hard-hitting battle this time in West Point. After dropping their last three games, the Black Knights will be looking to turn things around at home, but the Trojans are playing at a higher level right now, and warrant trust in this rematch. While I like Troy coming in and winning this game, I like backing another low-scoring duel between these two programs. Take the Under for this non-conference battle.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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