The 118th Army-Navy game
Army (8-3) vs Navy (6-5)
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA, 69,176
2 PM CT
Brad, Gary, Allie
Navy leads the series 60-50-7
Navy by 3
I've really come to enjoy this game even more than ever over the last 3 or 4 years. It's patriotism at its best and these ultimate competitors want to win this thing more than they want to marry their girlfriends.
The Academy won 14 in a row until last year when the Cadets defeated the Midshipmen, 21-17, in a tremendously exciting game. Love the triple option employed by Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo and Army Coach Jeff Monken. They both maximize their talent.
These 2 coaches are solid, and their teams, as one would expect, are fiercely disciplined in the way they play the game. These 2 men are coaching the best of the best. It's patriotic experience watching this game, and these 2 teams play good football.
Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw has rushed for 1,472 yards and 11 TDs. Running back Darnell Woolfolk has added 668 yards and 11 more TDs. Navy quarterbacK Zach Abey has rushed for 1,322 yards and 14 TDs. He's a bit of a ball hog and Niumatalolo and his coaches have tried to get him to pitch the ball more. We'll see if he'll obey orders tomorrow.
Navy's always good under Niumatalolo, and will always be, but Monken has it going at West Point, too. Both teams are going to bowl games, Army to the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl vs. San Diego State (Sat, 12-23, 2:30 PM CT, ESPN) and Navy to the Military Bowl vs Virginia (Thursday, 12-28, 12:30 PM CT, ESPN). This should be a spectacular contest in Philly. Like Monken, Bradshaw, Woolfolk and the Cadets in an upset.
Army 24, Navy 21