Army-Navy Game Open Thread

Rob Carr
The last regular season college football game of the year is upon us, folks. The bowl bids have already been handed out and the post-season planning has started in earnest. But for two teams, the game being played today in Philadelphia represents much more than that.

The Navy Midshipmen (7-4) come into this one looking to hold on to the Commander-in-Chief's trophy, while the Army Black Knights (2-9) look to win it for the first time in 16 years. How can a 2-9 team be in a position to win this trophy? Well, one of Navy's two victories this season was a 41-21 victory over the Air Force Falcons back on November 3. As Navy also beat Air Force earlier this season, the winner of Saturday's contest will take the trophy home. Army has lost this game eleven straight times, so a victory for them today would be even sweeter.

If you're expecting high-flying, air it out football. . .this game's going to bore the heck out of you. Army features the nation's most prolific rushing attack (370 yards a game on the ground). . .and it's least prolific passing attack (just 68 yards/game through the air). They don't throw a lot. . .Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds' high-water mark for pass attempts in a game this year is 15, while Army signal caller Trent Steelman aired it out a lofty 17 times in a game earlier this season.

But, again, this isn't necessarily all about football. These men aren't looking at careers in the National Football League, but careers leading America's finest both in garrison and on the field of battle. For some of them, this will be their final game before graduating from either West Point or Annapolis and going to the next phase of their lives. I enjoy the heck out of this game every year, and this edition will be no different.

For a full preview of this one, check out this piece put together by SB Nation's own Bill Connelly.

Kickoff for this game will be at 2 PM Central time on your local CBS station. If you're going to be watching the game and want to talk about it, feel free to do so right here.

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