One of the greatest rivalries in college football will serve as the grand finale to college football’s regular season and transition us into bowl season. The Army-Navy Game is back in Philadelphia, and Navy is looking to make it 14 straight victories against their rivals from West Point. Navy’s 13-game winning streak is the longest in the series, and they look prime to extend the winning streak following a tremendous debut season in the American Athletic Conference.
Army vs. Navy (Philadelphia)
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET (Saturday)
Spread: Navy -21.5
Three Things to Watch
1. Keenen Reynolds, The Heisman Snub
The Heisman Trophy will be presented to either Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson or Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. Despite plenty of public support and a full-force campaign by the Naval Academy, Keenan Reynolds will not be making the trip to New York for the ceremony following the game. Don’t be shocked if Navy looks to give Reynolds one last great game before the bowl season arrives.
2. Biggest Blowout in Army-Navy History?
This year’s Army-Navy Game may be a bit more of a mismatch than it has been in a while, with Navy having one of the most successful seasons under Ken Niumatalolo as a top-25 program and Army managing just two wins this season, but Navy will be hard-pressed to make this one of the more wider margins of victory in the history of the series. Navy owns the most lopsided wins in the series, including a 51-0 shutout in 1973 and a 58-12 victory in 2002.
3. A Tradition Unlike Any Other
OK, this is not The Masters, but the Army-Navy Game should still be considered one of sports’ best traditions. It should also be on every college football fan’s bucket list as the Army-Navy Game brings the kind of passion and emotion most bowl games in December would love to emulate. From the marching on of the Cadets and Midshipmen and flyovers before the game to the action and intensity on the field and the postgame singing of the alma maters for both academies, you simply have to experience this one to fully understand and appreciate it.
Navy should win this year rather easily, assuring the Mids they will once again sing second yet again. After being left out of the mix as a Heisman Trophy finalist, Navy’s Reynolds will be expected to put on quite the show and his teammates are equipped to make that happen.
Prediction: Navy 38, Army 21
— Written by Kevin McGuire, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. McGuire also writes for CollegeFootballTalk.com and hosts the No 2-Minute Warning Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.