You know that football season is on the (admittedly far) horizon when game times for the upcoming year are announced. Today the Naval Academy Athletic Association announced the kick-off times for all the Mids home games, along with television rights. Navy has a six game home slate, if you take out the “home” game against Notre Dame in Jacksonville, and the Mids will face four teams that went to bowl games plus a feisty FCS opponent that beat Army last season.
Navy kicks off the year on Sunday Sept. 3, with a noon kickoff on CBS Sports Network against Fordham. All the Mids home games will be nationally broadcast, with all but Notre Dame and Army being on CBS Sports Net. The games against the Fighting Irish and the Black Knights are bumped to the more lucrative and widely available parent channel of CBS.
After the Fordham game the next three Mids home contests will be played at 3:30 PM. These are the games against UConn (Sept. 10), Houston (Oct. 8), and Memphis (Oct. 22). The final true home game the Mids will play in 2016 will be a noon kickoff against Tulsa on Nov. 12. These games keep the tradition of Navy home contests being played in one of these two game windows and the Mids will be looking to extend their 10 game winning streak at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the longest such streak since the 1980-82 seasons.
Here is the schedule as we know it at this point in full:
2016 Navy Football Schedule
Saturday, Sept. 3 vs. Fordham (12 noon, CBS Sports Network)
Saturday, Sept. 10 vs. UConn (3:30 PM, CBS Sports Network)
Saturday, Sept. 17 at Tulane
Saturday, Oct. 1 at Air Force
Saturday, Oct. 8 vs. Houston (3:30 PM, CBS Sports Network)
Thursday, Oct. 13 at East Carolina (ESPN)
Saturday, Oct. 22 vs. Memphis (3:30 PM, CBS Sports Network)
Friday, Oct. 28 at USF (ESPN2)
Saturday, Nov. 5 vs. Notre Dame in Jacksonville, Fla. (11:30 AM, CBS)
Saturday, Nov. 12 vs. Tulsa (12 noon, CBS Sports Network)
Saturday, Nov. 26 at SMU
Saturday, Dec. 3 American Athletic Conference Championship Game (ABC or ESPN)
Saturday, Dec. 10 vs. Army (3:00 PM, CBS)