When it comes to college football gambling, however, there is a myth about Army that simply isn't holding true, which is that they are dangerous dogs. Under head coach Bobby Ross, the Army certainly never quits, which is a tribute to Ross' leadership. But the fact remains that the Cadets are not getting the NCAA football gambling cash as pups, even with his leadership.
In addition to that, Ross is so well respected that he has actually hurt the Black Knights' value on the college football gambling boards. In their final pre-Ross season, Army disgraced themselves with a record of 0-13 straight up and 4-9 against the spread and went from a level of play in which the appeared overmatched to crossing the line into looking as if they were quitters, which is one thing that will never be tolerated at West Point.
When Ross took over in 2004 the Cadets covered four of their first six games and peaked at mid-season with two consecutive straight up wins over Cincinnati and South Florida. Ross had done such a good job of improving Army that they Cadets were depleted of their value, as the masses flocked to them.
Now that the secret was out, and their on field opponents were also taking them seriously, Army went on to lose four of their final five games against the college football gambling lines. Despite the poor finish in 2004, expectations at West Point were sky high, in fact too high, for 2005.
Army began the season going just 1-4 against the spread, losing all five of those games straight up and burning a lot of bankrolls up in the process. After turning off the masses, however, the Cadets rebounded with four consecutive covers to regain respect before falling to Navy in their annual season finale classic.
Despite their reputation as a fight to the end type team, Army is just 13-19 against the spread as dogs in the past three seasons, which proves that reputation doesn't always equate to reality in NCAA gambling.