One year ago less a day, the Air Force Falcons did something they hadn't done in seven years: defeat the Navy Midshipmen. Falcons quarterback Tim Jefferson had a 50-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and then ensured the 14-6 victory with a one-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. The Falcons went on to beat Army in November, capturing the Commander-in-Chief Trophy.
As it happens, before last year's Commander-in-Chief Trophy victory, the Falcons last won the award in 2002, the last year they beat Navy. The Falcons lead the series with 17 victories, while Navy has 12 and Army lags behind with just six.
Before Navy won from 2003-2009, Air Force held possession for six straight years (1997-2002). Can they start a new streak this year? It begins Saturday afternoon. The Air Force does have a 26-17 series advantage in the series' history.
Game date, time: 10:00 a.m. MT, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011
Location: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD
TV channel: CBS
Spread: Navy is favored by four points