College Football Betting Preview: BYU vs. Navy

  • Navy opened as -3 favorites on the spread against BYU.
  • Navy are currently +1 underdogs on the spread, with some shading the other way.
  • Navy’s excellent record last year was due in large part to Malcolm Perry, who is no longer on the team.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The 2020 College Football season really gets underway on Monday evening, as the Brigham Young University (BYU) Cougars take on the Navy Shipmen.

The two teams are set to face off in each of their first games of the season, and the game will be nationally televised.

This means that it will likely be the premier college football betting event of the day.

Let’s take a look at the spread and the moneyline, and see what the odds look like and if there are advantages to be gained.

Brigham Young University vs. Navy Moneyline Odds (Bovada)

  • BYU -115
  • Navy -105

The moneyline for this matchup reflects an incredibly even contest, with neither team far off of the -110 even money line.

In fact, depending on where one looks, different online sportsbooks will have mildly different odds on this matchup.

For example, the above odds were from Bovada’s sportsbook, but if one were to look at BetOnline’s sportsbook:

Brigham Young University vs. Navy Moneyline Odds (BetOnline)

  • BYU -112
  • Navy -108

In other words, the odds for this one are so close that, depending on the sportsbook one chooses to use, one might find better odds on either side of the bet.

Brigham Young University vs. Navy Spread Odds (Bovada)

  • BYU -1 (-105)
  • Navy +1 (-115)

Interestingly, the spread and the moneyline are inverted at Bovada - the moneyline odds favor BYU at -115, while Navy +1 also has -115 odds.

It is worth noting that Navy opened as three-point favorites on the spread, and have since moved to where they are now as one-point underdogs.

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Given that this is the first game of the season, a lot of the betting prognosis is going to be based on the personnel that are involved in the game.

Of the two, it is likely that Navy suffered the biggest loss during the offseason, as Malcolm Perry, their quarterback, graduated and made the Miami Dolphins 53 man roster.

Perry is replaced by rising senior Dalen Morris, which is good - a senior quarterback means there might not be a ton of production lost as far as execution goes.

However, Perry was one of the best players in football last year, racking up over 2000 yards on the ground as a quarterback.

No matter how good Morris is, Navy, coming off an 11-2 season, will have some trouble replicating it without Perry.

It’s not like BYU had an amazing season last year, however. They finished with a record of 7-6.

However, notably, BYU is not replacing their quarterback. Zach Wilson once again takes the reins of the Cougars offense.

The basic storyline of this game is that, while Navy was better than BYU last year, the sportsbooks doubt they can repeat that performance without Perry under center.

The dual shadows of Malcolm Perry and Navy’s 3-10 2018 season hang over this game. Will Navy be able to succeed with a new captain? Will they regress to their pre-Perry form?

BYU has not been stellar, but they have been consistent, finishing at 7-6 in both 2018 and 2019. Will consistency be enough to beat Navy?

These are the major questions to be answered tonight, at 8:00 p.m. EST, as the Navy Midshipmen take on the Brigham Young University Cougars. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Best of luck with this college football betting season!