Remember the days when Army, Air Force and Navy were major players in college football? No. Ok. A Jerseyguy doesn’t really remember either, although he does recall Navy under Roger Staubach (a Cotton Bowl team) and Joe Bellino and Army with Pete Dawkins and Bill Carpenter (The Lonesome End)–barely. Air Force not so much.
And Navy has had quality teams the past several years under the guidance of Ken Niumatlolo. But for the most part, the service academies have been schedule fillers for most college football opponents.
So it was with more than a degree of interest that a Jersey guy checked the records of Air Force, Navy and Army after the first two weeks and saw 2-0, 2-0, 2-0. Some more snooping provided this tidbit. The last time this happened at the start of the season was 1996. And, it looks promising for each academy to go to 3-0. Navy travels to Tulane this week (winnable), Air Force travels to Utah State (winnable) and Army travels to UTEP (winnable), although the Cadets must deal with the death of their classmate and teammate, cornerback Brandon Jackson, who was killed in a car accident last weekend. The streak can’t last after that since Air Force plays Navy on Oct. 1.
For this accomplishment and much more, TMGcollegesports.com is proud to make the service academies our Newsmaker of the Week.