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With conference championship behind us and bowl season still a week away, the college football slate is empty this weekend with the exception of one very important rivalry game: Army vs. Navy.
Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on CBS. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch the game online, on your phone or on another streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services. They cost a monthly fee but all come with a free trial, so you can watch today’s game at no cost. Just follow the links to sign up and be watching for free within a couple minutes:
CBS All Access: This service lets you watch a live stream of your local CBS channel (most markets included) for $5.99 per month. It comes with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via the CBS website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the CBS app
FuboTV: CBS (live in at least 20 markets) is included in the “Fubo Premier” channel package, which gives you access to 70-plus channels and costs $19.99 per month for the first two months and $39.99 per month after that. It also comes with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via the Fubo website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app
One of the longest and most traditional rivalries in college football, Army and Navy have faced off on the gridiron 117 times. Navy owns both the overall advantage (60-50-7) and the recent edge with 14 straight victories from 2002-2015, but Army put an end to that streak last year with a 21-17 victory and are again enjoying a terrific season under Jeff Monken, who has helped revitalize the program.
Not only is there plenty of intrigue in the rivalry aspect of this interservice battle, but it’s also highly compelling due to both teams running the triple-option wishbone offense.
The Black Knights rank first in the country in rushing play percentage (91.07), first in rushing yards per game (353.6) and ninth in yards per rush (5.9). Quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw, who has piled up 1,472 rushing yards and 11 scores, is the most dangerous weapon, but Darnell Woolfolk, Kell Walker and Andy Davidson have all tallied 500-plus yards on the ground this season.
For Navy, it’s a similar story, as the Midshipmen are second nationally only to Army in rushing play percentage (86.53) and rushing yards per game (347.5). Quarterback Zach Abey leads the attack with 1,322 rushing yards and 14 scores, while running back Malcolm Perry–818 yards and eight touchdowns on just 92 carries (8.9 YPC)–is an explosive big play waiting to happen. Just ask SMU about Perry–the sophomore piled up 282 yards and four scores on 33 carries in a 43-40 win over the Mustangs a month ago.
Throw in each team’s struggles in stopping the run (Army allows 5.1 yards per carry, while Navy concedes 4.6 per tote), and this sets up to be a highly entertaining, back-and-forth offensive slugfest–just without a lot of pass attempts.
Though Army (8-3) has the better record than Navy (6-5), the Midshipmen have faced a decidedly more difficult schedule in the AAC, they’ve played both UCF (31-21) and Notre Dame (24-17) close, and they are thus favored by a field goal. Either way, it’s a must-watch game and spectacle.