Army West Point @ Massachusetts
Current Records: Army West Point 4-6; Massachusetts 1-10
What to Know
After three games on the road, the Massachusetts Minutemen are heading back home. The Minutemen and the Army West Point Black Knights will face off in an FBS Independents battle at noon ET Saturday at Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Army should still be riding high after a victory, while UMass will be looking to right the ship.
The contest between UMass and the Texas A&M Aggies last week was not a total blowout, but with UMass falling 20-3 on the road, it was darn close to turning into one. QB Brady Olson had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: besides failing to produce a single touchdown, he fumbled the ball once with a passing completion percentage of only 40.91%.
Meanwhile, the Connecticut Huskies typically have all the answers at home, but last week Army proved too difficult a challenge. The Black Knights captured a comfortable 34-17 win. They can attribute much of their success to RB Braheam Murphy, who rushed for one TD and 124 yards on seven carries. That nimble footwork stands out as the first time Murphy has hit the 100-yard rushing mark this season.
The Minutemen have to know they'll be fighting an uphill battle given the 20-point spread they are up against. Those playing the odds have seen things go back and forth with UMass, who are 4-5 against the spread.
UMass is now 1-10 while Army sits at 4-6. A pair of defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: UMass ranks 16th in the nation when it comes to passing yards allowed per game, with only 185.1 on average. But Army is even better: they enter the matchup with only 175 passing yards allowed per game on average, good for 10th best in the nation. We'll see if that edge gives the Black Knights a route to victory.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 12 p.m. ET
- Where: Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium -- Amherst, Massachusetts
- TV: ESPN Plus
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $8.00
The Black Knights are a big 20-point favorite against the Minutemen, according to the latest college football odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Black Knights as a 20.5-point favorite.
Army West Point have won both of the games they've played against Massachusetts in the last eight years.
- Nov 20, 2021 - Army West Point 33 vs. Massachusetts 17
- Nov 09, 2019 - Army West Point 63 vs. Massachusetts 7