NAVY over Vir­ginia by 3

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

Talk about a tough call. Vir­ginia sur­prised every­one with a 5-1 SU start this sea­son, then nearly ru­ined things with a 1-5 fin­ish. In much the same vein, Navy sailed off to a 5-0 start be­fore suf­fer­ing a Ti­tanic 1-6 dis­as­ter down the stretch. First-year UVA head coach Bronco Men­den­hall has done an ad­mirable job of res­ur­rect­ing a de­mor­al­ized Cava­liers pro­gram in two short years, steer­ing them to their first win­ning sea­son since 2011. We’re some­what con­cerned, though, about a soft Vir­ginia run de­fense that yields 4.6 Yards Per Rush, es­pe­cially since they’re lin­ing up against the na­tion’s No. 2 rush of­fense in Navy. But some­thing just isn’t right with the Mid­dies lately. They lost their fi­nal three games of the reg­u­lar sea­son thanks to a sput­ter­ing at­tack that scored only 13, 14 and 17 points (Mids av­er­age 28.9 PPG) and an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic lack of dis­ci­pline re­sult­ing in turnovers and

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