grayson-mccall.jpg
USATSI

Two teams with contrasting offensive styles collide when the Army Black Knights take on the Missouri Tigers in the 2021 Armed Forces Bowl on Wednesday at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. Army (8-4) has famously run a triple-option attack for years. The offense has helped the Black Knights average 286.4 rushing yards per game this season, which is the second most in the country. Meanwhile, Missouri (6-6) runs a pro-style offense, averaging 411.2 total yards per game, which ranks 59th in the nation.

Kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET. The Black Knights are 6.5-point favorites in the latest Army vs. Missouri odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 54. Before making any Missouri vs. Army picks or Armed Forces Bowl 2021 predictions, be sure to see the betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters the second week of the 2021-22 college football bowl season on a 43-30 run on all top-rated college football side picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights Missouri vs. Army and locked in its Armed Forces Bowl 2021 picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college football odds and betting trends for Army vs. Missouri: 

  • Missouri vs. Army spread: Black Knights -6.5
  • Missouri vs. Army over-under: 54 points
  • Missouri vs. Army money line: Black Knights -240, Tigers +200
  • ARMY: The Black Knights rank second in the nation in rushing yards per game (286.4).
  • MISS: The Tigers allow just 1.25 sacks per game, which ranks 13th in the country.
Featured Game | Army West Point Black Knights vs. Missouri Tigers

Why Army can cover

Army faces a team that will be missing several key players. Missouri will be without its leading rusher (Tyler Badie) and tackler (Martez Manuel), among others, on Wednesday night. The biggest absence is Badie, a 5-foot-8 multipurpose threat who ranked second in the country in all-purpose yards per game (161.6), but is opting out of the bowl game. For his efforts this season, he was named a second-team All-American and a Doak Walker Award finalist.

The Tigers' defense will take a hit with the loss of Manuel, who suffered a sprained ankle during bowl practices. The 6-foot junior safety led the team in tackles per game (6.4) and figured to be a key player in the stopping Army's triple-option attack.

Why Missouri can cover

Missouri's offense should have a distinct advantage when it enters the red zone. The Tigers have converted on 89.2 percent of their red zone trips this season, which ranks third in the SEC and 25th in the nation. By contrast, Army is allowing opponents to score on 92.9 percent of their red zone trips, which ranks 124th in the FBS.

In addition, Missouri's offense has the ability to score points in bunches. The Tigers have scored 31 or more points six times this season. 

How to make Missouri vs. Army picks

SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 56 points. It also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time. You can only get the model's picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Army vs. Missouri in Armed Forces Bowl 2021? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to back, all from the advanced model that is up almost $3,600 on its top-rated college football spread picks, and find out.