The Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen are set to face off Saturday afternoon in the 117th edition of the Army-Navy game.
The game will by played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland and will be televised by CBS at 3:00pm ET. Next season, the game moves back to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Beyond 2017, no host sites have been announced for the Army-Navy Game although there is a lot of interest.
Per a report by the Baltimore Business Journal, Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk indicated that ten cities are interested in hosting the game. Those ten include Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Houston, New York, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
The game would be played at the NFL venue in each city because Army-Navy requires a minimum seating capacity of 70,000.
Gladchuk and Boo Corrigan, athletic director at Army, will meet with the prospective cities Friday in Baltimore. Formal bids will be due in January. Army and Navy officials will then visit the interested cities in the spring and expect to announce the next round of games in May. The announcement will likely cover a five-year period, and could go as high as eight, Gladchuk said.
“We’ll do whatever we think makes sense,” Gladchuk said in an interview Thursday.
Navy leads the overall series against Army 60-49-7. The Midshipmen beat the Black Knights 21-17 last season and have now won 14 straight in the series.
Army is 6-5 on the season with wins over Temple, Rice, UTEP, Lafayette, Wake Forest, and Morgan State. Even though the Black Knights have two wins over FCS teams, they successfully received a waiver from the NCAA and will play in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 27 against North Texas.
Navy, currently 9-3, will be heading to the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas on Dec. 23 to face Louisiana Tech. This will be their fifth consecutive season playing in a bowl game.
Army-Navy is the final FBS regular-season game in 2016. The bowl season kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 17 (2016-17 Bowl Schedule).