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The official end to college football’s 2018 regular season takes place in Week 15 with the annual Army-Navy battle. This is also the final game of the season’s Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy series. Since 2009 the game has been played the weekend following FBS conference championship games. And once again the matchup between the two service academies will stand alone on the second weekend of December. And it’s a deserving honor for the men who will serve our country upon graduation.
Army and Navy first met on the gridiron in 1890 and the series has been played annually since 1930. Throughout the early part of the 20th century, both teams were often nationally ranked and the game had national championship implications. As the sport became more popular and the level of play improved, both institutions have seldom played for more than bragging rights. Only four times since 1963, and in each of the last two years, have the teams entered the contest with winning records.
2018 NCAA Football Week 15 Betting Schedule
Saturday, December 8th, 2018
Army vs. Navy, 3 p.m. ET (CBS)
Preview: The annual Army-Navy game is so huge it needs its own weekend. The 119th tilt between the service academies is the only FBS game played this weekend and all eyes will be on the Cadets as they look for their 10th win of the season and their third straight over the Middies with a chance to claim the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. It’s been a magical season for the Black Knights, who entered the national rankings for the first time since 1996 with a win over Colgate a few weeks ago. Army has won seven in a row after losing in overtime to Oklahoma and opened as a 6.5-point favorite over the Middies.
This contest will go down on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 12 p.m. ET at Lincoln Financial Field and will be televised live on CBS. More
Week 15 College Football Game of the Week
Army vs. Navy, Saturday, December 8, 3 p.m. ET (CBS)
The Cadets accomplished something they hadn’t done in nearly 30 years by posting back-to-back winnings seasons. Last season for just the second time in the history of the program, Army won 10 games and won a second straight bowl. The Cadets also beat archrival Navy for the second straight season. Good things happen for Army when it beats Navy. The Jeff Monken era started out like most of the other seasons for Army with four wins in 2014 and two in 2015.
But the Cadets turned things around in Year 3 going 8-5 and ending a 14-game losing streak to the Middies, who entered the 2016 matchup ranked No. 25 in the country. There wasn’t a lot in terms of expectations for Army last season, even after their 8-win campaign the year before. But Monken and the Cadets were even better in 2017. For the first time since 1995 Army won 10 games with two of their three losses by a combined seven points. They edged Navy again and shutout Air Force to capture the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the first time in 20 years.
Navy has been consistently good under Ken Niumatalolo and has been the model program for mid-majors that lack the talent to compete with the Power 5 schools. They may lack the talent, but they certainly don’t lack heart and desire. With most seniors on both sides playing the last competitive football of their careers, you can expect them to leave it all on the field.
The Midshipmen got so used to winning this matchup over the past several years they probably thought it was their right. From 2002 to 2015 Navy won every game and most weren’t even close. Army closed the gap slightly over the last two games of that stretch, dropping the 2014 game by a touchdown and losing the following season by a four points. The Cadets finally ended the longest streak in the history of the series by taking the 2016 contest.
The rivalry between the two is friendly, but intense. There is a mutual respect among the players who may eventually be fighting alongside their service academy brothers during time of conflict. And it’s shown from the moment the teams step on the field to the end of the game when both sides stand in front of their respective students and sing their alma mater.
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