Army vs Navy: The most celebrated tradition in college football will continue in 2018 when the Navy vs Army Football Game finishes the regular season on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. The two historic rivals will meet for the 119th time with Navy leading the all-time series 60-51-7. Army won last season’s meeting 14-13.
The annual Army vs Navy football game is an event unlike any other in college athletics. The series between the two military academies has a long, storied history dating back to its first game in 1890. It’s been played 128 times, mostly in Philadelphia, but also all over the country, including stops in New York, Baltimore, Chicago and Pasadena, California.
The game has featured college students that have gone on to be heroes, generals and even president. Only those who participate truly understand the significance. USA TODAY asked a former player from each team to share what the game means to him.
Army: Army enters the 2018 college football season in the midst of its best stretch in over 20 years. The Knights finished the 2017 season with a record of 10-3, giving them an overall record of 18-8 the last two seasons. The last time Army had a two-year stretch to even compare to this one was in 1995-96, when it went 15-7-1. The Knights have also defeated Navy in two straight games, giving Army its first two-game winning streak against its rival since it won five straight from 1992-96.
Navy: Ken Niumatalolo is the winningest coach in Navy history, posting a record of 84-48 in his 132 games at the school. That’s 29 more wins than George Welsh (1973-1981) had as the second-winningest coach in program history. Niumatalolo also has the second-highest winning percentage (.636) of any Navy coach to have coached at least 50 games at the school (Eddie Erdelatz, 1950-58: .643). All of which likely means a lot to Niumatalolo, but not as much as ending a two-game losing streak to Army would.
Navy Midshipmen vs. Army Knights. Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA. When: Saturday, December 8, 3:00 PM. ET. The Army Knights will be trying to extend their winning streak against the Navy Midshipmen to games when they face off in their annual rivalry game on Saturday afternoon.