One thing we all should have learned from 2019 is never underestimate the Academy’s. Navy runs that slippery triple option package on offense that is hard for opposing defenses to stop. BYU runs a nice run and pass balanced attack and tries to exploit the mismatches as they go along.
I have watched both of these programs play football since I was child. Witnessing the evolution of said programs. I see playing the spread here and picking a winner as high risks. We have not seen how these teams start or finish a game this year yet. I personally would need a game to dissect in order to justify picking a team in this spot. For all we know BYU or Navy come out and put up a dud, or a multitude of different scenarios can occur.
When I look at both rosters, who is returning, and who left off on a good foot from last year. That is where I start piece-working together my pick for this game. Zach Wilson is the returning QB for BYU. His 3rd year in this system. I liked bits and pieces from what I saw of Zach Wilson last year. The potential is there for him to have a big year. When I delve deeper into the depth chart for BYU; I see there offensive line is a little banged up. I see they lost stud TE Matt Bushman. Also losing RB Ropati doesn’t make me feel any better from a betting perspective.
Flipping it over to the Navy side of things. I see an extremely healthy team. Navy has a lot going for them. A ton of returning players; which many of are seniors. Led by returning senior QB Dalen Morris. Morris is highly athletic and seriously in-tune with his teammates. Great leadership as you would expect from all midshipmen. This will be Morris’s first start at QB for Navy.
The picture I have made is expect a lot of turnovers. First game of the season for both teams and BYU with their 4-3 multiple defense package will look to confuse the Midshipmen throughout the game. Navy runs a 3-4 balanced defense. BYU should be able to take advantage of that by running the ball out of the spread formation.
My wager: OVER 48.5 points (-110).
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