The final regular-season game of 2016 is upon us, and it's a special spot for Army-Navy.
Despite the lopsided nature of the rivalry in recent years, it's still one of the most storied games in the sport. With Army working its way out of the basement and Navy having a surprisingly prolific year offensively, there are plenty of reasons to spend one more Saturday tuned in to a college football game.
Date: Saturday, Dec. 10
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium; Baltimore
Army: Duh. Can the Black Knights snap a 14-game game losing streak to the Midshipmen? This might represent the best opportunity for Army to finally pull out the win. Army has already qualified for postseason play and has its highest win total since 2010. Conversely, Navy enters the game all kinds of banged up thanks to the American Athletic Conference championship. Army came close to winning last year, but still hasn't been able to close it out.
Navy: How will the offense look without quarterback Will Worth and slotback Toneo Gulley? Navy had the most prolific scoring offense in the month of November, but injuries last week leave this group short-handed. Sophomore Zach Abey will start in place of Worth, marking the third different signal-caller to start this year for the Midshipmen. As our own Jon Solomon noted, this year marks the first time since 1941 that Navy has not had more than one week to prepare for Army.
Players to watch
Edgar Poe, WR, Army: Yeah, Poe is kind of an easy selection because of his name. But he also represents Army's best chance at a passing attack with 14 catches and three touchdowns, and he's been the team's leading wideout each of the last three seasons. He missed some time earlier this year with a hand injury, but has had a few big games since coming back.
Zach Abey, QB, Navy: Abey has made some mop-up appearances, but last week's loss to Temple marked the most significant playing time he's seen. What does he do with the offense entirely under his command? Abey was fourth on Navy's depth chart in the spring and moved up to No. 3 by fall camp. But because of injuries, he's being forced into action. Can he pick up where Navy's break-neck offense left off?
Matchup to watch
Army's offense vs. Navy's defense: It's a general matchup, but this is the best scoring offense (30 points per game) Army has had in, well, a long time. And Navy's defense is, shall we say, a touch porous. For as great as Navy has been offensively of late, this game could get interesting if it gets into a shootout. The evenness and familiarity of the matchup has led to tighter, lower scoring games as of late, but this matchup has the potential for a little more spark.