Which Games are Must-See TV?

Although there is rarely a good reason to not watch a Navy football gave live, even this diehard fan knows that once in awhile something comes up – like a family vacation or a trip to the hospital. In order to help you better plan your fall activities, I have broken down Navy's football schedule with viewer ratings. Five stars = must see. One star = recording for later viewing allowed.

(5 out of 5 Stars)


Maryland Terrapins

September 6, 2010

@ Baltimore



Nothing like starting the season (again) with the most anticipated game of the year. Sure the purists will argue that the Army game must always be at the top of this list for traditional purposes, but this is THE must-see game for 2010. After decades of avoiding each other, the Mids and Terps renewed their intrastate rivalry in Baltimore in 2005. A packed house at M&T Stadium saw Maryland rally for the 23-20 victory. Five years later, the two schools which are separated by 30 miles, will play again – this time in front of a national television audience. Coming off of a disappointing 2-10 season, Maryland will probably be a slight underdog to Navy, but this game will most likely be decided in the fourth quarter. If you are planning for one last hurrah over the holiday weekend, whatever you do, avoid the traffic and get home early on Labor Day.


(4.5 out of 5 Stars)                        


Army Cadets

December 11, 2010

@ Philadelphia


Don't be surprised if both the Commander in Chief's Trophy AND bowl eligibility are on the line in the 111th meeting between Army and Navy. The Black Knights are returning eight starters on a defense that gave Navy fits last season. And with a year under his belt running head coach Rich Ellerson's offense, sophomore Trent Steelman will be much more comfortable next December. Sure, Navy has plenty of weapons to counter with on both sides of the ball, but this game could easily be a 1990's-like nail biter that comes down to a field goal. Some pundits have been predicting the proverbial ‘gap' to close between the two schools ever since Paul Johnson left Navy, but there is every reason to believe that this will be that year. So get your Christmas shopping done early or late because you won't want to be at the mall on December 11.



(4.5 out of 5 Stars)                        


Air Force Falcons

October 2, 2010

@ Colorado Springs



Navy has beaten Air Force seven consecutive times by an average of five points. So predicting that this will be a close and exciting game is like saying the Navy's Blue Angels are better than the Air Force's Thunderbirds – it's a no brainer. Last season the two defenses stole the show in a thrilling 16-13 overtime edition of the rivalry. This year one would expect that between Navy's Ricky Dobbs and Air Force's Tim Jefferson returning, and critical defenders having graduated, that there would be more scoring. The game, which has typically been played over the Columbus Day holiday weekend, got bumped up a week on the schedule this season so plan accordingly.


(4 out of 5 Stars)               


Georgia Southern Eagles

September 11, 2010


CBS College Sports TV


At this time last year, rating this as a two-star game would have been considered generous. However, Georgia Southern has added two pretty significant pieces to their team that has made this game a lot more interesting. Last December, the Eagles hired Johnson protégé Jeff Monken as their head coach, and on March 1 former Georgia Tech back-up quarterback, Jaybo Shaw, transferred to Statesboro. So the opening game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium will now feature two teams running the same offense with two very capable quarterbacks. Navy will still have a significant edge in terms of overall talent, but the first-ever meeting between the two schools should be fun to watch, especially to see how Buddy Green chooses to defend what should be a spitting image of the Midshipmen's offense. The game is also being played on September 11th so emotions will probably be ratcheted up a level considering the venue.  



(4 out of 5 Stars)               


Notre Dame Fighting Irish

October 23, 2010

@ Meadowlands



Navy has beaten the Irish two out of the last three seasons. (Wow, that sentence never gets old.) However, the Midshipmen still have not beaten Notre Dame outside of South Bend in 50 years. Maybe the new Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey will be the perfect setting to end that particular streak. The Irish are one of five teams on Navy's schedule that will feature a new head coach, and Brian Kelly is easily the most heralded of the bunch. However, the task in front of him is a bit daunting, especially on offense where only four starters return. He will undoubtedly get some help in scheming for the Midshipmen's offense though from Ed Warinner, who quietly left the Kansas staff to join Kelly in South Bend. Prior to leading the Jayhawks offense, Warinner worked at both Air Force (2000-2002) and Army (1987-1999).


(3.5 out of 5 stars)


Central Michigan Chippewas

November 13, 2010


CBS College Sports TV


Quick question: Which of these two teams, Central Michigan or Navy, has won more games in the past four years? If you guessed the Chippewas, you would be correct as they have won 38 games in that span as compared to the Midshipmen's 35 victories. Sure, the MAC is definitely not looking to become BCS busters anytime soon, but Central Michigan has not been very conservative when putting together their out of conference schedule. Last season the Chippewas played on the road against Arizona and Michigan State, and hosted Boston College. This season, in addition to Navy, Central Michigan will also take on Virginia Tech and Northwestern. A tough order indeed for first-year head coach Dan Enos whose primary task this spring is to find a replacement for departed quarterback Dan LeFevour, who is the only player in NCAA history to pass for 12,000 yards and rush for 2,500 yards. No doubt the Mids hope this game follows the same script when the two teams last played in 2003 when Navy won 63-34.


End of Part One



The six most highly-anticipated games are done which leaves the six that I am least excited about…including yet another game against Wake Forest. Look for Part Two soon on GoMids.com. In the meantime, feel free to debate my ratings in the message forums.

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