You have but one option for college football viewing this weekend, and it’s the Army-Navy contest, a game that should not be missed. We’re sure you have so many questions.
What information do I, the discerning sports fan, require in order to consume this game? The Black Knights and Midshipmen are scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m. ET Saturday, at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. The game will be televised on CBS, with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson providing coverage.
• Why am I watching a game that contains a 2-9 team? Maybe because it’s the last regular-season college football game of the year. Maybe because of the tributes players of both teams will make to armed forces personnel. Or maybe because it’s the consummation of a rivalry that inspires, among other antics, the kidnapping of a goat and the tethering of said goat on the grounds of the Pentagon. But mostly because it is Army-Navy, and the players on these teams deserve your support.
• What’s at stake here? For the first time since 2005, the last season Air Force lost to both Army and Navy in the same year, both teams enter the game eligible to claim the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy. Air Force has taken the series the past two seasons; prior to that, Navy had a seven-year supremacy streak stretching back to 2003. Army has not won the trophy since 1996.
• I don’t have any Army or Navy rooting interests in my family. For whom shall I cheer? That’s up to you, but from an on-field accomplishments standpoint, you could do worse than siding with Army quarterback Trent Steelman, making his final appearance on Saturday in this rivalry series. For those seeking rooting interests based purely on intangible reasons, you may be delighted by the antics of Navy receiver Brandon Turner.
• How many passes will we see thrown on Saturday? A couple dozen? Maybe? Navy’s Keenan Reynolds has attempted as many as 15 in a single game this season, and Steelman tried 17 against Rutgers. This year’s Army team has the neat distinction of fielding the nation’s most prolific rushing offense (370 yards per game) and least prolific passing offense (68 ypg).
• What’s in store for this year’s on-field fashions? Nike has turned out some spectacular looks for this game before, but this year’s uniforms look amazing even by those lofty standards. Check out the subtle detailing on Army’s jerseys, and don’t miss Navy’s undershirts.
• Where can we read more about the actual football of Saturday’s contest? We cannot recommend highly enough this in-depth preview from our friends at SB Nation, written by the reliably excellent Bill Connelly.