It's time once again to renew the Army-Navy series, which is always a highlight of the college football schedule. It's also the last game of the regular season, so be sure to soak up every last bit of it. After this we're on to the bowl games, and beyond that there's nothing but the long, cold offseason.
Army and Navy rank second and third nationally in rushing yards per game, and whichever team has more success running the ball seems likely to come out with the victory. They both run the ball an average of nearly 60 times per game, and they've been effective in doing so, with each team averaging well over five yards per carry.
Rankings and records: Navy is 7-4 this season and unranked in the major polls. Army is 3-8. The Midshipmen lead the all-time series, 57-49-7.
Vegas: Navy opened as a 10-point favorite, while the over/under opened at 54.5.
Weather: The high in Philadelphia isn't expected to climb above 40. There's a 60 percent chance of rain and/or snow showers as well.
Three names to know
Keenan Reynolds -- It feels like Navy has been developing effective option quarterbacks forever now, implementing one after the other, hardly missing a beat when one graduates. Reynolds is in his second year as the starter in Annapolis and leads Navy with 1,124 rushing yards as well as 26 rushing scores. His passing numbers aren't bad, either -- he is averaging nine yards per attempt and has eight touchdown passes against two interceptions.
Angel Santiago/A.J. Schurr -- With multiyear starter Trent Steelman gone, the Black Knights had a hole to fill at quarterback. Santiago has gotten the call for most of the season, but his struggles have allowed Schurr to get into the discussion. Both played in Army's last game, and both may be asked at some point this week to run the offense. Both are capable of running the ball, while Schurr has been the more efficient passer, albeit in limited reps.
Terry Baggett -- Fortunately Army has a reliable running back in Baggett, who is over 1,000 yards on the season despite averaging only about 11 carries per game. He gives the Black Knights some explosiveness, and his average of 8.3 yards per rush is easily a team-high.
Two things at stake
In terms of postseason stakes, there's nothing to be decided by this game. Army is already assured a losing campaign, while Navy is already committed to play Middle Tennessee in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30. But this is Army-Navy we're talking about, so that's kind of beside the point.
Army has dropped 11 straight in this series, making the Black Knights desperate to put an end to Navy's dominance. They've been close the last couple of years -- they lost by six in 2011 and by four last year after the Midshipmen scored a decisive touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
The Commander-in-Chief's Trophy will belong to Navy regardless of the outcome.
How to witness
TV: CBS, 3 p.m. ET (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson)
Online streaming: You can watch the game online here.
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