Friday, December 01, 2006
One of the most revered rivalries in all of sports will be revisited Saturday when Army and Navy battle for the 107th time. Rich with tradition, drama and excitement, the series is widely viewed as the premier rivalry in all of sports.The Army-Navy Classic returns to the city of Philadelphia for the 80th time, pitting the 3-8 Black Knights opposite the 8-3 Midshipmen. Meineke Car Care Bowl-bound Navy can clinch its fourth straight Commander in Chief's Trophy title with a victory over Army. The Black Knights will be looking to earn their first CIC title since 1996 with a win. Army will also be out to avenge four consecutive losses to its arch rival, with Navy outscoring the Black Knights by a combined 176-54 margin the last four years.The Midshipmen can equal their longest winning streak in the series with a defeat of Army on Saturday. Navy has registered a pair of five-game series winning streaks, most recently from 1959 through 1963. No team has won six consecutive contests against its arch rival. A sellout crowd of more than 68,000 is expected to fill Lincoln Financial Field with worldwide television and radio audiences tuning in.Navy leads the all-time series by a narrow 50-49-7 margin, grabbing its first lead in the matchup since 1991 with four straight wins over the Black Knights. Army must find a way to control's Navy's top-rated rushing attack, which averages 333.2 yards per game. Saturday's match up will feature two of the nation's least-penalized clubs. While Navy ranks fifth nationally, averaging just 4.09 penalties per game, Army stands sixth at 4.18. Navy (35.27) and Army (37.09) list eighth and 12th, respectively, in penalty yards per contest.