When: Saturday at 3:10 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Financial Field
TV/Radio: CBS3; WIP-AM (610).
Records: Army, 3-8; Navy, 7-4.
Coaches: Army, Rich Ellerson (5th season, 20-40); Navy, Ken Niumatalolo (6th season, 47-30).
Series: Navy has won its last 11 games against the Black Knights, including last year's 17-13 decision at the Linc, and holds a 57-49-7 advantage. This is the 114th matchup between the service academies and the 85th to be contested in Philadelphia.
Pregame: The Corps of Cadets will march on at 12:16 p.m., followed by the the Brigade of Midshipmen at 12:46 p.m.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
Army will have its hands full trying to stop sophomore Keenan Reynolds, the most dynamic quarterback to play at Navy in quite some time. Reynolds gained only 43 yards on the ground against the Black Knights last season, but has rushed for 1,124 yards and 26 touchdowns this year.
The Black Knights have worked two quarterbacks in practice and have not disclosed their starter. Junior Angel Santiago has started all 11 games this season but sophomore A.J. Schurr came off the bench two weeks ago at Hawaii and rushed for four touchdowns as an Army rally came up just short.
Navy leads the nation in fewest turnovers with eight, while Army has committed 14.
THREE THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW
Each side has five sets of brothers. For Army, it's Terry and Lance Baggett, Julian and Jordan Crockett, Shane and Evan Finnane, Tony and Joey Giovannelli, and John and Adam Szott. The Navy brothers are Kendrick and Kenneth Mouton, Wave and Blaze Ryder, Chris and Myles Swain, Obi and Nnamdi Uzoma, and Joe and Will Worth.
Even with the intensity of the rivalry, Niumatalolo and Ellerson have remained close friends. They met in the mid 1980s when Ellerson, then the defensive coordinator at Hawaii, successfully recruited the current Navy coach to play quarterback there. Niumatalolo is quick to acknowledge Ellerson's role in getting him involved in college football.
Thanks to Navy's victory earlier this season over Air Force, the Midshipmen will retain the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. But they are eager to defeat Army and win the trophy outright because that means a White House ceremony with President Obama.
- Joe Juliano