Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson
Army and Navy will meet for the 109th time on Saturday in one of the most storied rivalries in all of college football, but Army is hoping this meeting is different from the previous six.
The Black Knights have lost nine of the past 11 meetings, including the past six, and none of the games have been close. Army has lost by an average of 28.2 points per game and hasn't scored more than two touchdowns in five of the past six meetings.
But Army coach Stan Brock believes his team will be ready for this game and more competitive than it has been in the past.
"I think that we'll be competitive and I believe we have the opportunity to win the game," Brock said during his weekly press conference. "Our players believe that we have a good chance to win the game, and that's a big part of it. We are getting better and I think the job they have done throughout the season has been spectacular."
Although Army is 3-8 this season, they've show flashes this year that the team has promise.
After losing their first four games, the Black Knights went on to win three of their next four, including a win over Louisiana Tech. The Black Knights appeared to be turning their season around, but struggled to three more losses heading into this game. Still, the Black Knights have been far more competitive, especially with the emergence of fullback Colin Mooney, who's rushed for 1,285 yards and eight touchdowns. He's had two games with more than 200 yards rushing and five with more than 100 yards. He's 54 yards away from breaking the Army single-season record.
"When I found out that we were running an option offense, coach [offensive coordinator Tim] Walsh told me that I could have 1,500 yards this year," Mooney said. "I thought 'yeah right.' As the season progressed, it became clear that breaking the record was possible. To be in a category with guys like Mike Mayweather and such, is such an honor for me."
Mooney, a senior captain, said he's been thinking about the Army-Navy game for awhile because he believes it's the last football game in which he'll play and he wants to leave the sport he loves on a high note.
"I've been thinking about it a lot over the last couple of weeks in terms of what it means for me and for other people as well," Mooney said. "With everything that is going on in the world, you can look at the Army-Navy game as something good. It's pure competition between two great teams."