Army-Navy: A quintessential rivalry game

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Army-Navy: A quintessential rivalry game

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Army-Navy: A quintessential rivalry game

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The 122nd edition of the Great American Rivalry, Army versus Navy, is a slice of college football Nirvana. It’s a stand-alone game that competes with no other on the calendar, because there’s no other game like it on the calendar

The Navy Midshipmen and Army Black Knights first played on November 29th, 1890 with a short five-year suspension of the game between 1894 and 1899. Game day has been mostly on the East Coast with only two West of the Mississippi. In 1926 the game was held in Chicago at Soldier Field and in Pasadena in 1983. Since, Pennsylvania has served as the primary venue with stops in New York and Baltimore. On Saturday, the two teams will be at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. 

Navy leads the series with 62 wins, 53 losses and seven ties. Both service academies were once national powers, and the game often had national championship implications. Notable players to suit up for the academies include Navy quarterback Roger Staubach who in 1963, also won the Heisman Trophy. He would end up winning two Super Bowls, a Super Bowl MVP, six Pro Bowls, and an enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Other contemporary players include Steelers player Alejandro Villanueva, OL – Army, and Giants wide receiver Phil McConkey – Navy.

Of note, 20 sitting U.S. Presidents have attended the Army—Navy game. From Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama, the Commander in Chief takes the game to a whole new level. 

As for what you’ll see offensively on Saturday? Well, you’ll get a large dose of the triple option. A staple for both teams with Army being a better run team than the Navy Midshipmen. Look for a low scoring game likely decided by a field goal. Temperatures at kickoff will be around 45 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Perfect weather for a rivalry like no other. 

Army versus Navy always delivers regardless of the final score. Their battle and rivalry on the field is once a year for about three-hours of play. After the game, they return to prepare for a life of service and protecting our country. The game is a point of pride for all Americans. It’s a reminder that a game, win or lose, has a far greater meaning—on and off the field.

CBS has coverage starting at 3p.m. ET from the Linc in Philadelphia. If you’re not near the big screen, you can steam the game on the Paramount+ and CBS Sports app.

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