The Army-Navy Game is an American college football rivalry that debuted on November 29, 1890. Jeff Monken leads The Army Back Knights of the United States Military Academy from West Point, New York, and Ken Niumatalolo leads the Navy Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy from Annapolis, Maryland, in the 121st rivalry game. The game marks the second leg of the triangular series for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. On October 3, 2020, the Navy lost 40-7 to the Air Force Falcons. The Army plays the Air Force on December 19, 2020. The team with the most wins in the triangular series wins the Trophy.
The Army-Navy game is one of the most traditional games in the sport. The U.S. Presidents have frequently attended it - President Trump will be in attendance. For the first time since 1943, the action takes place in West Point, New York. Army has never defeated the Navy on their home turf and seek to snap an 0-3 deficit with a victory. Navy leads the series 61-52-7.
The tradition between these two football programs is beyond approach. They traditionally shout out "Beat Navy!" and "Beat Army!." They conduct a formal prisoner exchange during pre-game activities. The selected Cadets and Midshipmen spend time at each other's sister academy during a semester. Students head back to their branch and enjoy the game with their peers.
The American national anthem is usually sung by members of the Armed Forces (Army and Navy combined). While other football games have celebrities or special guests to perform, the men and women sing in harmony. At the end of the game, each branch sings its alma mater song demonstrating mutual respect and solidarity.
Monken (85-54) and Niumatalolo (101-66) are potential future candidates in a coaching carousel for this upcoming offseason. Jakobi Buchanan (Army) and a combination of 8 other running backs hope to continue their success in their run game. Dalen Smith (Navy) hopes to turn things around as the Navy plays their last game of the season.
Army had three Heisman winners:
Doc Blanchard 1945 (3x All American)
Glenn Davis 1946; played for the Los Angeles Rams
Pete Dawkins 1958 Brigadier General; Vietnam War Veteran with 2 Bronze Stars.
Navy had two Heisman winners:
Joe Bellino 1960; played for NFL Boston Patriots
Roger Staubach 1963; 2x Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys, and Super Bowl VI MVP