Will Army beat Navy for the first time in 12 years?
Tomorrow marks the final weekend of the college football season before Bowl Games start and will feature a rivalry game like no other in sports. The Army Black Knights will take on the Navy Midshipmen in the annual Army-Navy Game. Part of what makes college football so great, is the pageantry, the traditions, and most importantly, the students. While students at schools all over the country go above and beyond to support their teams, the students at West Point and the Naval Academy are invested in their Universities in a whole different way. The emotion and pride felt while being in the stadium for the army-navy game is indescribable.
Here are some keys to the 2014 Army-Navy Game:
The Navy Midshipmen have to come into the Army-Navy Game brimming with confidence. The Midshipmen have dominated this rivalry over the last 12 years. The last time that Navy lost to Army was in 2001. In that period Navy has outscored the Black Knights 400-132, including a 34-7 rout in 2013. Midshipmen quarterback Keenan Reynolds is making his 3rd appearance in the Army-Navy game and is having a tremendous season. Reynolds has accounted for 25 touchdowns, including 20 on the ground and has produced over 1,000 rushing yards. His backfield companion senior Noah Copeland is only 141 yards away from 1st 1,000 yard rushing game of his career and would love nothing more than to reach that mark against the Black Knights.
Navy will also be confident, having won 4 of their final 5 games on the season and have playing their best football of the year down the stretch. The Midshipmen may be playing in the Poinsettia Bowl on December 23rd, but beating Army is way more important than any other game Navy might play.
Army enters the 2014 Army-Navy game desperately looking for a victory. The Black Knights have been searching for answers in this series for over a decade. Close losses in 2011, and 2012 left Army feeling that a win was on the horizon, but last year’s blowout has turned insult into injury. The Black Knights are once again not eligible for bowl season, but a win in this game would make the entire season a success. Army has won 2 of their previous 3 games, but will enter the Army-Navy game as underdogs for the 13th straight season. The Black Knights hopes will ride on the legs of senior running back Larry Dixon who is having the best statistical season of his career.
For the first time since 2007, the Army-Navy game will be played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. This is only the 2nd time in the last 6 seasons when the game was not played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The current median ticket price for the game is $135. That represents a slight increase in ticket pricing from last years game when the median ticket price was $131.
Will a new stadium and a new year be what the Black Knights need to take home their much anticipated next win in this rivalry? Or will Navy continue their dominance and push for a 13th victory?