But about a week before the Black Knights’ annual spring game and five months before the season starts, a columnist for a major sports site has found Army lacking, at least when it comes to the year’s biggest — or, depending on your level of fandom, only — game.
Bleacher Report ranks the Army-Navy rivalry as one of “10 College Football Rivalry Games That Won’t Even Be Close in 2014.” It’s not exactly a controversial conclusion given Navy’s winning streak over the Black Knights, which was extended to a series-record 12 games with a 34-7 drubbing in December. It doesn’t help that Navy’s returning quarterback is the subject of Heisman Trophy talk, or that the Black Knights have finished above .500 exactly once since going 10-2 in 1996.
But before last year, the two previous Army-Navy games were decided by a combined 10 points. And Bleacher Report’s claim that Army coach Jeff Monken is about to get “his first introduction to what this game is all about” could be debated. Strongly.
The post has more than 62,000 views and 300 comments since it went live Thursday, but we want your take on the rivalry, which will re-ignite Dec. 13 in Baltimore. Have you already ruled out an upset, or are you buying the turnaround talk? Let us know in the comments.