Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Service Academies

Since today is Veterans Day, lets take a look at how Air Force, Army, and Navy are doing as D1 football programs. The service academies are playing some good football. It looks as though all three will get invited to play in bowl games this season. Never before have all three gone to bowls in the same season.

Air Force has won the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the first time since 2002, by beating both Navy and Army this season. Air Force is sitting on a 6-4 record with three of Air Force’s four losses coming by five points or less (Oklahoma 24-27, San Diego State 25-27, Utah 23-28). This team is not far off from being 9-1. Air Force is headed to its fourth straight bowl game. Last year the Falcons blew out a 10-3 Houston team in the Armed Forces Bowl by a score of 47-20.

Remaining Schedule:
Nov 13 New Mexico
Nov 18 @UNLV

The Navy Midshipmen have been consistently the most competitive of the service academy football programs during the last decade. Navy has gone to bowls and won the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy each of the last seven seasons. With a 6-3 record, the Midshipmen will be heading to the Poinsettia Bowl on December 23rd. Navy won the 2009 Texas Bowl 35-13, defeating Missouri. The Naval Academy has beaten rival Notre Dame in three of the last four seasons (2007, 2009, 2010).

Remaining Schedule:
Nov 13 Central Michigan
Nov 20 Arkansas State
Dec 11 Army (in Philadelphia)

The Army Black Knights have struggled the most out of the three service academies in recent history. Army is currently sitting at 5-4. Two of their four losses have been by a field goal (Hawaii 28-31, Rutgers 20-23 OT). With the hiring of Rich Ellerson in December 2008, the Black Knights are experiencing resurgence in their football program. Army had not won more than four games in a season since their magical 1996 campaign. Under Ellerson, the Black Knights went 5-7 in 2009 and look to be headed to a bowl game for the first time since 1996 if they can win at least one of their last three games.

Remaining Schedule:
Nov 13 @Kent State
Nov 20 Notre Dame (in New York)
Dec 11 Navy (in Philadelphia)

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