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December 15, 2018

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Vegas Play of the Day: Navy vs. Army

Jarvis Polu

Matt Rourke / AP

Navy defensive end Jarvis Polu (67) tackles Army quarterback Chris Carter (7) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Philadelphia.

The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1.

Bankrolls start at $10,000 for each of the four participants, with the objective to increase it as much as possible over the next year. The minimum daily wager is $300, with a $200 penalty assessed for failing to place a bet on an assigned day.

Past winners are Case Keefer in 2017-2018, Ray Brewer in 2016-2017 and 2015-2016, and Taylor Bern in 2014-2015.

Navy plus-7 vs. Army: $330 to win $300

Because there's only one game this week, count this as part of the column picking every college football game this season — which stands at 356-326-14 including 40-28-1 on top-rated plays. But this one is definitely a guess.

I have no clue what's going to happen in this annual rivalry. What I do know, however, is Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo has cost me a lot of money over the years. He consistently gets the best out of his teams even when it appears there's not a lot going for the Midshipmen.

There's not a lot going for Midshipmen here. Army has been the better team all year, and it would be no surprise if it rolls to a third straight victory in the series.

But a full touchdown is a gargantuan amount of points for a game expected not to have many. The total is set at 40 points, driven down from an opening of 42 by a deluge of money.

The Black Knights haven't been favored over the Midshipmen in 17 years either. They're good enough to be favored this year, but that has never stopped a Niumatalolo team from coming through before.

Current Standings: Brewer (11-12-1, $9,060), Keefer (18-17-2, $8,956), Emerson (0-0, $8,425), Grimala (11-11-1, $5,205)

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at

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