Army vs. Navy: Greatest games in history that have helped shape this storied college football rivalry

It’s annually a can’t-miss event when Army and Navy take to the football field, and that’s been especially accurate in recent years as the rivalry has been as competitive as ever. Nine of the last 12 meetings between the service academies have been decided by a touchdown or less, including last year’s 20-17 overtime win for the Black Knights. 

Unmatched is the pageantry and history of this game, as well as the meaning, specifically as it pertains to the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. By virtue of its early-November upset win over Air Force, Army comes into this one with the chance to claim the coveted prize outright for the first time since 2020 if its able to defeat its arch rival. Should Navy emerge victorious, however, the trophy would be shared between the three academies as Air Force defeated Navy earlier this season. 

While last year’s overtime Army victory was a thriller, it doesn’t quite crack the ranks of the rivalry’s most historic games. Considering Army and Navy have been playing since the late 19th century, there have been countless notable moments in their series, some of which stand out among the greatest games in college football history.

The Midshipmen lead the all-time series 62-54-7 as the foes prepare to meet again Saturday on CBS at 3 p.m. ET.

As Army and Navy prepare to play to cap the 2023 college football regular season, here is a look back at the most memorable matchups from the storied rivalry.

5. 1983: Navy 42, Army 13, 

The first and only game played west of the Mississippi — at the Rose Bowl.

The teams combined for just five total wins in 1983, but their game with each other was particularly memorable because of where it took place. For the first and only time in series history, they played west of the…


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