Army, Navy prepare for annual showdown

The historic rivalry between the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen returns to Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday.

The 117th meeting between Army and Navy has the teams meeting in Baltimore for just the seventh time in the rivalries’ history.

At 6-5, Army enters with a winning record for the first time since 2010 and looks to end Navy’s 14-year run of victories. The No. 25 Midshipmen are headed for the Armed Forces Bowl after a 9-3 season after losing to Temple in the American Athletic Conference title game last week.

Navy and Army both enter the game with winning records for the first time since 2010. Navy won that game, 31-17.

 Navy leads the all-time series against Army, 60-49-7, and has won a series-record 14-consecutive games. The Mids are 3-2 against Army in games played in Baltimore and own a 3-0 mark against the Black Knights in games played at M&T Bank Stadium.

 Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is 8-0 all-time against Army and is the first head coach in the history of the Army-Navy game to win his first eight games against the rival service academy. A win on Saturday would make him the winningest coach in the history of the Army-Navy game. He is currently tied for first with College Football Hall of Fame coach Army's Earl Blaik, who was 8-8-2 (.500) from 1941-58 against Navy.

Navy finished 25th in the final College Football Playoff Rankings announced on Sunday. The Mids also received votes in this week's Associated Press and Coaches Polls.

Prior to Ken Niumatalolo taking over as the head coach, Navy had just two 10-win seasons in 127 years of football (1905 and 2004). A win on Saturday would give the Mids their third 10-win season in the Niumatalolo era (nine years) and it would give Navy back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in school history.

A win on Saturday against Army and a bowl game win over La Tech would allow the Mids to tie the school record for wins in back-to-back years.

This will be the first time since 1941 that Navy has not had more than one week to prepare for its game agianst Army. The Army game will be Navy's eighth straight game without a bye, while the Black Knights have had three weeks between games.

In 1941, the Mids beat Princeton, 23-0, on Nov. 22 and then beat Army, 14-6, on Nov. 29 at Municipal Stadium in Philadelphia. Eight days after that game, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks.

Navy's 14-game winning streak over Army is the nation's longest active winning streak in a rivalry game. Navy has had 11 consecutive senior classes go undefeated against Army.

Navy has been the dominant Service Academy over the last decade plus, winning 24 of the last 28 meetings (.857) against Air Force and Army dating back to the 2002 Army-Navy game. The Mids have posted an overal record of 120-59 (.670) since 2003, won 10 CIC Trophies in the last 13 years and have gone to 13 bowl games in the last 14 years.

Army running back Andy Davidson leads the team with 818 yards rushing and nine touchdowns on 150 attempts.

Navy wide receiver Jamir Tillman has caught 35 of the team’s 80 completions and has 582 receiving yards and two touchdowns on the year.

Army ranks second in the FBS at 328.5 rushing yards per game, while Navy ranks third at 327.5.
The Midshipmen lead the all-time series 60-49-7.

Not including quarterback Will Worth, Navy has four rushers with at least 400 yards this season.

Army is allowing an average of 289 yards per game, ranking fifth in the FBS.

The last two meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less.

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