Army (3-8) and Navy (4-7) will be playing for the 112th time this Saturday at FedEx Field outside of Washington DC in one of the most storied rivalries in all of college football.
These two teams are not playing for a chance to be in a bowl game as they unfortunately have losing records but instead are playing for the pride of their branch of service. In this game you won’t find any players that will be climbing up NFL Draft boards because these players have chosen their career path…and that is to serve this country.
There is always a lot riding on this game no matter what their records are as both teams want to win the bragging rights for their branch of the military.
All of these players are headed for a military career once they have completed their schooling from their respective service academy. Here is a look at some the careers that some of these players will begin once their football days are over, which has been provided by USA Today.
- Army linebacker Steven Erzinger, has been assigned to armor.
- Leading receiver Davyd Brooks will handle field artillery.
- Backup quarterback Max Jenkins will join the infantry.
- Navy quarterback Kriss Proctor will be a naval flight officer.
- Nose guard Jared Marks is going to the Marines.
- Fullback Alexander Teich will be a Navy SEAL
When these two teams take the field on Saturday, don’t expect to see a lot of passes thrown as each team averages less than 100 passing yards per game. Army is ranked last in college football in passing attempts and Navy is ranked second to last. These two teams are also last and second to last in passing yards as Army has only thrown for 528 yards while Navy has only thrown for 1,016 yards on the season.
What you can expect from these teams on offense is a whole lot of running the ball as both Army and Navy run a similar triple option style rushing attack. Each team ranks in the top 5 in college football in rushing yards per game. Army leads the nation in rushing yards averaging 350.9 yards per game while Navy ranks 5th in the nation in rushing yards averaging 313.7 yards per game.
As good as these teams have been running the ball, the same cannot be said about their defenses as they have struggled all season long. These teams give up a lot of points, and teams are averaging over 28 points per game against them.
If any team has momentum coming into this game on the defensive side of the ball, it would be navy because in their last game they held San Jose State to only 27 points in a loss. Army’s defense did not do quite as well in their last game against Temple and gave up 42 points in blowout defeat.
This series has been one sided lately as the Midshipmen have won 9 straight over the Black Knights. Army will come into this game motivated to end Navy’s winning streak and I think this is the year they get it done. Army wins 35-31.
ARMY-NAVY GAME INFO
- Army-Navy Date: Saturday, December 10th
- Army-Navy Date Kickoff Time: 2:30 PM ET
- Army-Navy TV: CBS
- Army-Navy Point Spread: Navy -7
* – Army-Navy Game photo credit: via The Redskins Blog