Today is the final Saturday of college football, a day filled with conference championship game and national title implications. The final Saturday of the year is dominated by these big games, as well as one that seems more insignificant in the big picture. But this is one game that means more to many, many people around the country, and even the world. Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma, USC and others have big games today, but few of their actions have as far a reach as Army and Navy do today.
The Army-Navy game is one of college football’s most time honored traditions, as well as a tradition for the country. Matching up the football teams of our two great military institutions, the Army-Navy game is followed closely by millions that are affiliated with these powers.
Army and Navy meet once again in Philadelphia today, one of the traditional sites for the Army-Navy game. Lincoln Financial Field hosts the Army-Navy game for the fourth time, with Navy having won the past three.
Army comes into the game not having tasted victory over Navy in some time. Navy has won the past six Army-Navy games, as the Midshipmen look to take their eighth victory of the season before heading to a bowl. Army comes in at a mere 3-8.
Back when Army and Navy were college football powerhouses, the Army-Navy game was a national hallmark for reasons other than the spectacle. But the glory days of Army and Navy were gone decades ago. That is why most college football fans not affiliated with Army or Navy will be focusing more on today’s conference title games.
Navy, however, has managed to win seven or eight games each recent year and gotten trips to bowl games. They even finally got a win over Notre Dame last season. But the Midshipman want to continue dominating Army like they were dominated by the Irish over the decades.
Despite the lower quality of football over the years, the pageantry of the Army-Navy game will never die. President Bush will attend his last Army-Navy game in office today, with 70,000 other fans crowding Lincoln Financial Field. This is also the 45’th anniversary of the Army-Navy game that debuted instant replay for the first time.
Navy has a 52-49-7 series advantage over Army, and has won 12 straight times against both Army and Air Force since 2002, having a lock on the annual Commander-in-Chief trophy.
The 109’th Army-Navy game is broadcast on CBS today at noon Eastern.
Associated Press- “Midshipmen turn Army-Navy into lopsided series” www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hyHG2Fy1Xxhq9vne7HMNcuzBw8xQD94SNJ500
MilitarySpot.com News- “Army-Navy to meet for 109’th time Saturday” www.militaryspot.com/news/army-navy-to-meet-for-109th-time-saturday/542
6 Action News- “Army-Navy weekend in Philadelphia” abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story