The Army, at worst, will keep the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy this season, but the Black Knights can win the gear on Saturday, December 11 when they face Navy in the annual Showdown Between Service Academies at 3 p.m. ET on CBS. . The Navy can play the spoiler role and save an otherwise disappointing season with an upset victory in college football‘s most patriotic rivalry game as the regular season officially draws to a close.
Navy won 14 straight games in the series between 2002 and 2015, but Army has recently taken control with wins in four of the last five. That includes a 15-0 victory last season that marked the first shutout in the series since a 34-0 victory in the Navy in 2008.
Because the Black Knights defeated Air Force 21-14 on November 6, they are able to at least retain physical possession of the trophy even when lost. The Air Force defeated the Navy 23-3 on September 11. Therefore, if the Navy beats the Army, the three service academies would each be 1-1 against each other. However, as the military won the trophy last season, they would hold onto the trophy for another year.
Army vs. Navy: Need to Know
Historical course of the army: Since the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy was created for the 1972 season, it has been the army’s best race. The Black Knights have won the trophy in three of the past four seasons, and they can make it four out of five with a win in this game. This would surpass the previous best five-year streak of the outright three-trophy program between 1984 and 1988.
Last season’s fight: The Army’s 15-0 win last season made it the lowest game in the series since the teams drew 3-3 in 1981. The Army led just 3-0 in the fourth quarter before a 4 yard run from Tyhier Tyler. the Black Knights win two possessions with 11:02 remaining. The teams combined for just 279 total yards and a total of two completed passes. It was an epic defensive fight, even by the standards of two low-scoring, option-oriented offenses.
The Navy Needs Momentum: 14th-year Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo recorded 10 victorious seasons during his tenure and won 11 games twice, the most recent in 2019. But the Midshipmen will finish with a loss-making record in the running in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2001-02, which was during the transition from coach from Charlie Weatherbie to Paul Johnson. Service academies are generally more patient with head coaches than other schools, but a victory over a big rival would certainly help ease any pressure Niumatalolo might be feeling.
How to watch Army vs. Navy live
Dated: Saturday December 11 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
Site: MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, New Jersey
TV: CBS | Direct: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports app (free), Paramount + Premium