On Saturday afternoon, teams from the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy (better known as Army and Navy) will meet in football for the 113th time at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Navy enters the game with the overall lead in the series (56-49-7), as well as a 10-game winning streak, the longest in the series' history. The Midshipman enter the game with a record of 7-4 and have already secured a berth in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco, where they will play Arizona State. Navy got off to a 1-3 start this season before a 28-21 overtime win at Air Force propelled them to wins in five of their next six games.
Army enters the game with a record of 2-9, with both wins coming at home against Boston College and Air Force. The Black Knights have not had a winning season since 2010, when they defeated SMU in the Armed Forces Bowl.
However, both teams' prior victories over Air Force means that for the first time since 2005, the team's will play for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, which has been awarded to the winner of the triangular football series between Army, Navy, and Air Force since 1972. Air Force held the trophy in each of the previous two years, breaking a seven-year run by the Midshipmen. Army last held the trophy in 1996, when it defeated Air Force 23-7, and beat Navy, 28-24.
Navy is led by quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who took over the starting job midseason and has accounted for 1,339 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground and through the air. Army's option attack is led by quarterback Trent Steelman, who has thrown just 85 passes thus far this season, and completed 39.