Army, Navy Ready to Renew Fierce Rivalry

The two teams started playing each other in 1890.

Saturday, Dec 10, 2011  |  Updated 9:36 AM EDT
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Army, Navy Ready to Renew Rivalry

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Hatfield, Pa.'s own John Howell had the big offensive play of the game as he hauled in a 77-yard TD.

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It’s one of the most storied rivalries in all of college football, and on Saturday Army and Navy will get to write another chapter in the history books.

The two historic rivals square off this afternoon in the 112th football game between the two service academies.

For the first time ever, the game will be held in the D.C. area, as FedEx Field plays host. Philadelphia has hosted the most Army-Navy games (83), while the New York City area has hosted the match-up 15 times. The game has been played in Baltimore four times before, and M&T Bank Stadium is scheduled to play host again in 2014 and 2016. 

Navy currently has a stranglehold on the rivalry, winning the last nine meetings, including a 31-17 win last year. Army's last win came in 2001, a 26-17 triumph at old Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.

Overall, the Midshipmen hold the series lead over the Black Knights, with 55 wins, 49 losses and seven ties.

Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to be among the 80,000-plus fans in attendance, as are Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill.

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