The Air Force Falcons travel to Annapolis, Md., to take on the Navy Midshipmen in the first leg of the Commander-in-Chief Trophy series. The Falcons currently own the trophy after they defeated both Army and Navy last season. Navy wants to avenge last season's 14-6 loss to Air Force. This game was originally to be aired on CBS Sports Network, but back on July 1 the game was upgraded to over-the-air CBS from CBS Sports Network, so this game is finally getting the respect it deserves. This particular matchup of the Commander-in-Chief trophy has been the most competitive between Army, Navy and Air Force throughout the past decade.
On the year Navy is 2-1 with wins over Western Kentucky and Delaware while their one loss came in a 24-21 decision to South Carolina two weeks ago. Navy is led by quarterback Kriss Proctor who orchestrates their triple-option attack and is the team's leading rusher with 266 yards on the year. He has four rushing touchdowns, too.
Within the triple-option offense, Navy uses multiple backs to run the ball, as does Air Force, and they have four players over 100 yards on the season. Their top back is fullback Alexander Teich who has 260 yards in three games. Look for Navy to only pass when necessary and run the ball at least 85 percent of the time, which is what they have been doing on the year.
Expect this game to be a close matchup as it has been over the past eight meetings. The difference has been seven points or less outside of the 2007 matchup which Air Force won, 31-20.
The game kicks off at 10 a.m. MT on CBS.