Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson
AIR FORCE ACADEMY -- I haven’t been to many Air Force football games -- maybe five or so, including a Navy game -- but this is by far the most crowded I’ve ever seen this place.
The stadium isn’t full yet -- still more than an hour until kickoff -- but there’s a ton of tailgating and traffic is backed up to Monument in I-25.
Welcome to the battle for the Commander-in-Chief Trophy.
This is Air Force’s second and final opportunity to at least take a share of the trophy that is fought over by the three military academies. It lost to Navy 16-13 in overtime earlier this year. Army is playing in its first leg and will play against Navy on Dec. 12.
I’m excited for this game for it pageantry. You really throw out the records in this one because both of these teams take great pride in besting each other. Air Force hasn’t lost to Army since 2005 and has won 18 of the past 20 contests.
However, Army has played well in every game it’s been in this season. Yes, the Black Knights are just 3-5, but under new head coach Rich Ellerson, they believe they can win every contest they play.
I’m looking forward to a competitive game and a raucous crowd.