College Football 77 in 77: #75 Army Black Knights

I promise I will get through this entire preview without using this beaten to death cliche “the Army fights the more important battles away from the field.” or the equally shop-worn “what the Army does out there everyday in the world makes the games we love possible; they protect out freedom so we can enjoy college football.”

We get it. There’s no reason to keep making every national television appearance by Army a military recruiting infomercial. They won the “Armed Forces Bowl” isn’t that enough promotion already?

And get ready for that aircraft carrier Michigan State Spartans-North Carolina Tar Heels college basketball game. It’s going to be on Veterans Day, and it’ll take place aboard the same carrier that buried Osama bin Laden’s body at sea. Which means you’ll hear all those military cliches and more a million times over during the media broadcast of that game.

That said, this is a rather exciting time for the gridiron program at West Point.

By Paul M. Banks

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Alex Flanagan Discusses Notre-Dame Army at Yankee Stadium


Notre Dame Fighting Irish sideline reporter and NFL Network personality Alex Flanagan discussed the upcoming college football game at new Yankee Stadium between ND and Army:

“This is historic for the players. They are extremely excited to be playing in this venue and to be a part of this storied rivalry. It’s going to be an interesting challenge to convey what they’re seeing and feeling.”

It will be the 50th time the Fighting Irish and the Black Knights have met on the football field in a rivalry that started in 1913. The old Yankee Stadium hosted 22 games between the two teams.Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (analyst) and Alex Flanagan (sideline) anchor NBC Sports’ coverage.

For the Alex Flanagan photo gallery go here.

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Notre Dame-Army at Yankee Stadium: Brutally Honest Game Preview


Are you noticing a theme this week? All three of Chicago’s home college football teams are playing neutral site games in the homes of big city, big market Major League Baseball teams. For the preview of the Wrigleyville Classic between Northwestern and Illinois go here.

The ND-Army contest, the first football game of any kind in new Yankee Stadium, features one bowl eligible team and one trying to get there. And it’s opposite of what you expect. The Irish showed some fight last week, routing a top 15 ranked Utah team that was heavily favored, and ranked in the top 5 just a couple weeks ago.

Another South Bend feel good story (and Jesus knows they could use more of ’em this year) is Lake Forest product Tommy Rees, the new QB who’s getting the chance to “live his dream.” Will he lead them to 14 straight over the Cadets, obtaining that postseason berth, and the 15 extra practices that come along with it?

By Paul M.Banks

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