What Army Games are Must-See TV?

I know what you are thinking. What is a Navy fan doing breaking down the Army football schedule? It should not shock you to know that your biggest rivals probably tune into Cadet football games as much as possible – and most even root for your team except, well, you know when. So I took a few minutes and did my best Army fan impression to break down which games should be mandatory viewing.

(5 out of 5 Stars)

 

Air Force Falcons

12 p.m., November 6, 2010

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Yes, I know Navy is the game, but I gave the Air Force contest a slight edge this season because this should be a winnable game, and it's in your house. A win over the Falcons at home (something that hasn't happened since 1996) would send Michie Stadium into bedlam. And of course it will also raise the stakes for the Navy game as the Commander- in-Chief's Trophy would be on the line for the Cadets. I also would not be shocked if Army has five wins going into this contest – meaning that a potential bowl invite could be clinched as well. So all the potential is here for a historic game. Of course, this is all best-case scenario talk.

 

(5 out of 5 Stars)                        

 

Navy Midshipmen

Time TBD, December 11, 2010

@ Philadelphia

CBS

My 5 out of 5 rating will confuse some fans because I thought from the Navy perspective that the game only merited 4.5 out of 5 stars. Here is my rationale, and it is quite simple. This game will hold more significance to Army fans than it will to Navy fans until the Cadets can break the losing streak – currently at 8 games. (I can see all the hate emails streaming in now!) But before you write them Navy fans, consider my personal experience with this series. I graduated from the Naval Academy in 1997 which means I witnessed the 1993-1996 games firsthand. Four games, nine points, four losses…four games…nine points, four losses. Breaking streaks in the best rivalry in sports always adds another dimension to the game for the fans of the team that needs to break it because the euphoria you will feel after the streak is over is indescribable. I think one could make a good argument that Army's current losing streak to Navy leaves a worst taste in Cadets' fans mouths than Navy's decades-long streak against Notre Dame did for Midshipmen fans. One thing is for sure, Army's losing streak to Navy will end…at some point…and until it does, this is a five-star game for Army.

 

 

(4.5 out of 5 Stars)                        

 

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

12 p.m., September 11, 2010

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As I mentioned when I rated the Navy schedule from a viewing perspective, I am a sucker for fresh teams on the schedule. Hawaii coming to West Point definitely fits that bill. Coming off what should be a victory against Eastern Michigan will be enough to have the Corps of Cadets in a pretty rowdy mood for the high-flying, travel-weary Rainbow Warriors. There is nothing like following up your season opener against USC with a 5,700 mile road trip. The storylines will be a plenty in this match-up and the outcome will go a long way to determine the fate of each team's season. If Army wins, the Cadets have a great shot of starting the season 3-0; on the other hand, Hawaii will have a good shot of starting 0-3. This game will be a ton of fun to watch.

 

(4 out of 5 Stars)               

 

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

7 p.m., November 20, 2010

@ Yankee Stadium

NBC

 

The venue alone is worth tuning into this game. The actual contest, however, may be a bit tough to watch as Notre Dame should not have much of a problem beating Army. However, in Army's favor is the fact that this game comes between two very difficult ones for the Irish (Utah and USC). Not in Army's favor is the fact that Notre Dame will have already dealt with Navy's triple option attack earlier in the season. Further complicating matters is that new Irish head coach Brian Kelly added Ed Warinner to his staff. Prior to leading the Jayhawks offense, Warinner worked at both Air Force (2000-2002) and Army (1987-1999), so he will be able to help Notre Dame handle the Cadets offense. Did I mention the game will be played in Yankee Stadium? That definitely helped this game get four out of five stars.

 

(3 out of 5 Stars)               

 

North Texas Mean Green

12 p.m., September 18, 2010

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Some will be surprised that I gave the North Texas game three stars, but I see this game as one that Army should win and might have to win for six victories in 2010. And considering the Cadets' recent struggles, any game on the schedule that falls into the ‘should win' category is worthy of every benefit of the doubt. In addition, North Texas is a relatively newcomer in regards to scheduling for Army, so I still consider it a fresh opponent. If North Texas can find a way to beat Rice the week before, they should be riding pretty high coming into this game. I can hardly imagine Army being 3-0, but it's definitely not a crazy notion.

 

(3 out of 5 stars)

 

Duke Blue Devils

Time TBD, September 25, 2010

@ Durham, NC

TV TBD

 

This was a tough game for me to figure out if I was looking forward to it or not. I'm sure Army fans won't have any trouble remembering how last year's game with the Blue Devils ended, so getting a win here would be pretty sweet. And by most publication's estimates, Duke will have some significant rebuilding to do in Coach David Cutcliffe's third season in Durham. I know I am starting to sound like a broken record, but IF Army can manage its way to a 3-0 start, each game that could continue that unbeaten streak will be bigger and bigger. Oh, and I forgot to mention, Duke plays Alabama the week before Army…making them the first team in NCAA history to have three of their first four opponents of the season against Elon, Army, and Alabama…weird scheduling.

 

(2.5 out of 5 stars)

 

VMI Keydets

12 p.m., October 30, 2010

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Army needs to make-up for last season's unnecessary nail biter against the Keydets and just blow them out. I think they will which should make this a very enjoyable game for Army fans. Just imagine going into the fourth quarter with a comfortable three-touchdown lead…take it from a Navy fan, it's pretty sweet.

 

(2.5 out of 5 stars)

 

Eastern Michigan

Time TBD, September 4, 2010

@Ypsilanti, Mich.

TV TBD

 

Ah, the expectations that go into every season opener. Win the game and the sky's the limit. Lose the game, to a lesser opponent (on paper), and get ready for a long season, again. There is no reason to doubt that Army will be better this season and Eastern Michigan will be worse. That should provide for a nice margin of victory against a ho-hum opponent. I have no idea if this game will be broadcasted though. I am guessing the chances, unfortunately, are slim.

 

(2.0 out of 5 stars)

 

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Time TBD, October 16, 2010

@ Meadowlands

TV TBD

 

How could a game against Eastern Michigan be more watching-worthy than one against Rutgers in a new, NFL stadium? Two words: Joe Martinek. Two more words: thirty carries. The Scarlet Knights are also a stale opponent as this will be the fourth year in a row that they play Army. Sure the new Meadowlands Stadium is an intriguing venue, but does anyone really think that it will even be half full? This game has the potential to be a real bad one, from both a viewing and outcome perspective.

 

(1.5 out of 5 stars)

 

Temple Owls

12 p.m., October 2, 2010

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This game is a lot like the Rutgers one, except the name of the running back is different. This time it will be Bernard Pierce and thirty carries. I'm sorry, even with their recent turnaround; I still can not get excited about any game with Temple in it.

 

(1.5 out of 5 stars)

 

Kent State Golden Flashes

Time TBD, November 13, 2010

@ Kent, Ohio

TV TBD

 

Between a five-star game (Air Force) and a four-star game (Notre Dame) is a road trip to scenic Kent, Ohio. This contest has ‘trap' written all over it, not just because of its positioning, but folks, Kent State might be decent. They have 16 returning starters including nine on an offense that has some significant depth in the backfield and a talented quarterback. I think the Golden Flashes can be a surprise team in the MAC this season and that might make for a long afternoon for the Cadets. They are a new opponent, so that is a plus. 

 

(1 out of 5 stars)

 

Tulane Green Wave

October 9, 2010

@ New Orleans

TV TBD

This will be the 10th time in 11 years that Army plays Tulane. Wake me up when this one is over.


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