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The Army Black Knights endured a lengthy drought in their rivalry with the Navy Midshipmen not long ago, losing 15 consecutive meetings from 2002-15. Army finally turned the tide, winning four of the next five matchups, but dropped a 17-13 decision last year. The Black Knights (5-6) attempt to get back in the win column when they meet the Midshipmen (4-7) on Saturday in the 123rd installment of America's Game. Navy owns a 62-53-7 record in the all-time series, which dates back to 1890, and has won 11 of the 13 encounters at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field.

Kickoff for the 2022 Army-Navy Game is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on CBS and Paramount+. The Midshipmen are 2.5-point favorites in the latest Navy vs. Army odds, while the over/under for total points scored is 32. Before locking in any Army vs. Navy picks or college football predictions, make sure you see what SportsLine expert Adam Silverstein has to say.

CBS Sports' managing editor, Silverstein has been picking college football and NFL since 2002. Born and raised in Florida, he has been covering sports since 1996, when he began his own newsletter, and has not stopped following the ins and outs of the games we love. Though he will take the occasional underdog, Adam often looks for value with the favorites, especially after sharp money comes in and lines fall below key numbers.

Silverstein has been locked in on the tendencies of Navy, going an impressive 6-0-1 in his last seven against-the-spread college football picks involving the Midshipmen. Anyone who has followed his advice is way up.

Now, Silverstein has locked in on Navy vs. Army from every angle and released a confident against-the-spread pick. You can visit SportsLine now to see his pick. Here are several college football odds and trends for Army vs. Navy:

  • Navy vs. Army spread: Midshipmen -2.5
  • Navy vs. Army over/under: 32 points 
  • Navy vs. Army money line: Midshipmen -155, Black Knights +130
  • NAVY: The Midshipmen are 0-5-1 against the spread in their last six meetings with Army 
  • ARMY: The Black Knights are 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven meetings with Navy 
  • Navy vs. Army picks: See picks here
  • Navy vs. Army streaming: Stream on Paramount+
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Why Navy can cover

The Midshipmen will be facing the nation's second-best ground attack as Army is averaging 304.4 rushing yards. But they should be up to the task as they rank fourth in the country against the run, allowing just 85.6 yards per contest. Should the Black Knights run any passing plays, they'll be doing so against a defense that has recorded a school-record 32 sacks, including five in each of its last two outings.

John Marshall leads the Midshipmen with 10.5 sacks after registering a total of one in 21 games over his first two seasons. The senior linebacker set a program record with four sacks in the victory against UCF on Nov. 19 and is fifth in the nation in sacks per game (0.95). Marshall also is among the top players in the nation in tackles for loss, ranking third with an average of 1.7.

Why Army can cover

The Black Knights possess the second-best ground attack in the nation as they average 304.4 yards per contest. They eclipsed that number in each of their last two games, gaining 320 in a 34-17 win against UConn and 329 in a 44-7 triumph at UMass. Senior quarterback Tyhier Tyler led the team in rushing against the Minutemen with 101 yards while sophomore signal-caller Bryson Daily gained a career-high 79 on six carries.

Tyler ran for three touchdowns in that victory, giving him six TD runs over his last three games and team-high 12 on the season. He is tied for third with Kelvin Hopkins Jr. on Army's all-time list with 24 career rushing scores, three behind Ahmad Bradshaw for second place. Jemel Jones, also a senior quarterback, is second on the club with seven touchdown runs while junior running back Jakobi Buchanan has recorded six for the Black Knights, who are tied for third in the country with 37.

How to make Navy vs. Army picks

For Saturday's contest, Silverstein is leaning Under the total, but he also has identified a critical X-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He's sharing what it is, and which side of the Navy vs. Army spread he's backing, only at SportsLine.

So who wins Saturday's 2022 Army vs. Navy matchup? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Navy vs. Army spread you should jump on, all from the expert who's an impressive 6-0-1 on picks involving the Midshipmen, and find out.