You may not know it because they aren’t the most high profile team in college football, but the Army Black Knights have reached the double-digit win mark in two straight seasons, including their eye-opening 11-2 campaign from last season. Now, with the 2019 NCAA college football regular season quickly approaching, it’s time to find out everything there is to know about a program that has some seriously high hopes again.
Thanks to the expert college football betting analysis that you’re about to get, you’re going to be able to make a series of wise wagers on the Black Knights all season long. Now, let’s get down to business.
Army Black Knights 2019 College Football Season Betting Guide
2018 Betting Statistics
- ATS: 11-2 (W-L) / 7-4-2 (ATS) / 3-3-2 (Home) / 4-1-0 (Away) / 3-1-1 (Grass) / 4-3-1 (Turf)
- O/U: 7-6-0 (W-L) / 3-5-0 (Home) / 4-1-0 (Away) / 3-2-0 (Grass) / 4-4-0 (Turf) / 50.5 (Total)
Not only did Army post a stunning, 11-2 SU mark a year ago, but the Black Knights also went a bankroll-boosting 7-4-2 ATS to finish with one of the best ATS marks in the nation while going a near-perfect 4-1 ATS on the road. Army also went 7-6 against their Over/Under total odds while topping the total four times on the road (4-1 O/U).
2018 Team Leaders
- Touchdowns: Kelvin Hopkins Jr. (17)
- Rushing: Kelvin Hopkins Jr. (1017
- Passing: Kelvin Hopkins Jr. (1026)
- Receiving: Jordan Asberry(219)
- Interceptions: Mike Reynolds (3)
Last season, now, senior quarterback Kelvin Hopkins jr. did it all for the Black Knights in rushing for a team-high 17 touchdowns and 1,017 rushing yards while graduated running back Jordan Asberry had a team-high 219 receiving yards and graduated defensive back Jordan Asberry had a team-high three interceptions.
- Total Yards: 392.7 / Rank 75
- Passing Yards: 80.1 / Rank 128
- Rushing Yards: 312.6 /Rank 2
- Points Scored: 32.8 / Rank 37
- Field Goal %: 69.2 / Rank 84
The Black Knights were surprisingly efficient on offense a year ago in finishing 75th overall, a dismal 128th in passing, but a stupendous second in rushing and impressive 37th in scoring (32.8 ppg).
- Total Yards: 295.3 / Rank 8
- Passing Yards: 188.8 / Rank 21
- Rushing Yards: 106.5 /Rank 10
- Points Allowed: 17.7 / Rank 10
- Field Goal %: 77.8 / Rank 91
As good as they were on offense last season, Army was even better on the defensive side of the ball in finishing eighth in total defense, 21st against the pass, 10th against the run and an identical 10th in points allowed (17.7 ppg).
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it several times this offseason. From where I’m sitting, Army looks quite capable of approaching double-digit victories for the third straight season in 2019. First and foremost, the Black Knights play just two teams over their first nine games that recorded winning records a year ago. Then, there’s the fact that Army returns three starters from an offensive line that helped the team finish second in the nation in rushing. Now, senior quarterback Kelvin Hopkins is back after leading the team with 1,017 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns.
Senior wide receiver Kjetil Cline and junior wideout Cam Harrison both return and the Knights are in good shape to replace graduated running backs Darnell Woolfolk and Andy Davidson with seniors Kell Walker and Connor Slomka. Defensively, Army will have to overcome the losses of a whopping seven starters from a team that finished 10th nationally in points allowed (17.7 ppg), but they’ve also got three returning starters in the secondary, so passing the ball on the Black Knights almost assuredly won’t come very easily.
Right now, I’m thinking a minimum of nine wins is an easy call with 10 wins or more also looking pretty damned good. Despite their lack of a high profile, I think the Black Knights are going to succeed in a big way in 2019. Now place your wagers on the Black Knights accordingly.