Most Americans know that cadets attending any of the three U.S. service academies are taught through a markedly different college curriculum than their peers enrolled at traditional universities.
But one thing they clearly don't teach cadets at Army, Navy or Air Force is how to lose a college football game by more than three touchdowns as a heavy underdog.
While the Army Black Knights have a tough task ahead of them in Ann Arbor as 23-point underdogs against the No. 7 Michigan Wolverines this Saturday, per FanDuel Sportsbook, recent history certainly has their back from a spread betting perspective.
Since 1995, the three U.S. service academies (Army, Navy & Air Force) are a combined 38-11-1 against the spread (ATS) as underdogs of more than three touchdowns (+21.5 points or higher).
This trend didn't show any signs of stopping last season either, as Navy and Army combined for a perfect 3-0 ATS record in games under these circumstances in 2018.
2018 ATS Covers by Army, Navy & Air Force (+21.5 Points or More)
1. Sept. 22, 2019: Army (+28.5) @ No. 7 Oklahoma
Final: Army 21 | Oklahoma 28 (OT)
2. Oct. 22, 2019: Navy (+22.5) vs. No. 3 Notre Dame
Final: Navy 22 | Notre Dame 44
3. Nov. 10, 2019: Navy (+23.5) @ No. 12 UCF
Final: Navy 24 | UCF 35
While Air Force didn't find itself as more than a three-touchdown underdog at any point during the 2018 season, the Falcons covered the spread in their most recent game as more than a 21.5-point underdog in a 29-13 final back in September 2017.
And you'll never guess who, nor where, the Falcons pulled it off against in that game. None other than the Michigan Wolverines, on the road in Ann Arbor.
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