Ball State: Finished 5-7 last season with an impressive loss against third-ranked Michigan. Ball State trailed the 34-26 Wolverines in Ann Arbor with 2:46 left when quarterback Nate Davis threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-goal, taking Michigan off the hook. The Cardinals ended the season with two straight wins.
Boston College: An Atlantic Coast Conference school ranked in the top 25; and there's more where this came from. Boston College (10-3) best Navy 25-24 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 30 in Charlotte. Army opened 2005 with a 44-7 loss at Boston College, the ranked No. 19.
Central Michigan: Hey, it isn't the ACC, but it's still a conference champ. Central Michigan (10-4) won the Mid-American Conference championship earlier this month and beat Middle Tennessee State 31-14 in the Motor City Bowl on Dec. 26 in Detroit.
Georgia Tech: Welcome back, Bobby. Army coach Bobby Ross is still revered at the school, leading the Yellow Jackets to an 11-0-1 record and a a co-national championship in 1990. Aside from the feel-good moments leading into the game, Ross' return to Atlanta might not be too fun. Georgia Tech (9-5) lost to West Virginia 38-35 in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 in Jacksonville.
Navy: Sure, Army got a little closer to Navy this season, but the Black Knights were still down 19 points in the fourth quarter, before scoring a garbage-time touchdown. Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. Navy has won five in a row against the Black Knights.
Rhode Island: Just what Army's low-scoring offense is looking for. Rhode Island gave up an average of 41 points in seven losses this season.
Rutgers: Ross often points to Rutgers coach Greg Schiano when talking about having patience with a developing program. Hey, if Ross can end up doing what Schiano has at Rutgers in seven years, he may end up being revered at West Point, too. Rutgers (11-2) smashed Kansas State 37-10 in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 28.
Tulane: Running back Matt Forte has rushed for a combined 340 yards and five touchdowns in two games against Army in New Orleans, including a 42-28 win this season. Maybe the West Point MP's can stop Forte at the gate next fall. Tulane fired Chris Scelfo after a 4-8 finish this season.
Tulsa: One of the best programs in the country that your average college football fan has never heard of. Tulsa (8-5) lost to Utah 25-13 in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 23 in Fort Worth, Texas. Tulsa played in consecutive bowl games for the first time since the 1964-65 seasons.
Wake Forest: Since Army is taking on Boston College and Georgia Tech, why not play the ACC champ? Wake Forest, picked to finish last in the ACC's Atlantic Division, before the season won a school-record 11 wins last season, losing to Louisville 24-13 in the Orange Bowl.