The storyline for Army remains brutally the same as recent years. This senior class, which includes Trimble and 36 others, is trying to reverse the curse. The last two senior classes have left West Point without a win.
Navy (7-4) is in the midst of the most dominant run in the history of the storied rivalry. The Midshipmen's 26-14 win over Army last season was their fifth straight, equaling the longest streak in the series history. Navy has won those five games by an average of 26.8 points. While Army seniors grasp for an elusive win, another Navy class hopes to go out in style. The Midshipmen have already accepted a bid to the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 20 in San Diego. They will play a Mountain West opponent to be determined.
Navy has put up five straight winning seasons, been to five straight bowl games and is seeking its fifth straight Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. "To win would be huge for them and not only for this year or the game really, but for the rest of their lives," Army coach Stan Brock said. "Because they'll always be Army football players and the first question that everyone will ask is 'Did you beat Navy?' and they'll be able to tell them they did and they beat them their senior year."
Once again, Navy enters as the heavy favorite, but Army gave fans some hope with a spirited 49-39 loss to Tulsa last weekend. It was the most points the Black Knights scored all year and the Black Knights will need to score if they want to keep up with Navy's triple-option offense. Meanwhile, Carson Williams had the long awaited game of his life.
Williams threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns, throwing just one interception late in the fourth quarter. Navy's defense has been as bad as Army's offense this year. But like Williams, Navy's 'D' made some strides in a win over Northern Illinois last week.
Let's hope this Army-Navy game is a good one. Let's hope it lives up to all the hype.
Extra points: The last time Army beat Navy was in Baltimore, 26-17, behind a 100-yard performance by Ardell Daniels. Navy has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the teams and leads the all-time series 51-4-97 ...... Navy will have starting quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada back for the Army game. He missed the Northern Illinois game after suffering a knee injury a week earlier against North Texas ....... Navy has scored 441 points this season, the second most in school history and the most since the 1917 team racked up 442. Te Midshipmen's 'D' could set a record, too. The unit has given up 435 points, one shy of the program record set in 2002