Naval Academy Announces 2014 Football Schedule
Quarterback Keenan Reynolds
Feb. 19, 2014
The Navy football team, coming off a 2013 campaign that saw the Mids finish with a 9-4 record, win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years, qualify for a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years, win a bowl game for just the eighth time in school history and defeat Army for a series-record 12th-consecutive year, will face a challenging 2014 schedule that features five games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and three neutral site games in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Additionally, this year marks Navy's final year as an independent as the Mids will join the American Athletic Conference in 2015.
The Mids will play seven teams that were bowl eligible in 2013, including two of college football's most storied programs, Ohio State and Notre Dame.
"This exceptional schedule is terrific for our fans to attend up to eight games within a 25 minute drive of Annapolis," said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. "The base season ticket package covers our traditional home games in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, while the additional match-ups in NFL venues allow for optional purchasing opportunities for fans to be there for all the action, all fall long. Navy football is Navy family and this is a great schedule for all to see the Midshipmen in some of the finest venues in the nation right in our backyard."
"This will once again be an incredibly challenging schedule for our football team," said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalo. "With seven teams on our schedule that were bowl eligible a year ago, our team will have to work extremely hard this off-season to accomplish all of our goals next year. It's also exciting to have eight games locally (five in Annapolis, two in Baltimore, one in Landover) as it will give the thousands of Navy fans in the area, and even those who are looking for a college team to root for and have never seen us play, an opportunity to come out and support this incredible group of young men."
Navy will open up the 2014 campaign with a bang as it plays host to the Ohio State Buckeyes at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 12 noon. Ohio State is coming off a 12-2 season and is 24-2 over the last two years under Urban Meyer. This will be the second time in six years that Navy has opened up against Ohio State. In 2009, Navy went into Columbus and nearly pulled off the upset before losing 31-27 on an intercepted two-point conversion that was returned for two points in the final minute.
The following week (Sept. 6), Navy will travel to future American Athletic Conference foe Temple (2-10 in 2013), as the two teams will tangle at Lincoln Financial Field. The Mids are 10-0 all-time at Lincoln Financial (9-0 vs. Army, 1-0 vs. Temple).
The Mids will be back on the road the following week (Sept. 13) as they travel to San Marcos, Texas to take on the Bobcats of Texas State (6-6 in 2013). It will be Navy's first trip to San Marcos.
The Mids will play their first game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 20 when Navy plays host to one of the Big Ten's newest members, Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights were 6-7 a year ago and played in the Pinstripe Bowl against Notre Dame.
Navy will be looking for payback the following week as it plays host to Western Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 27. The Hilltoppers are coming off an 8-4 campaign, including a 19-7 victory over Navy in a game that starting quarterback Keenan Reynolds was knocked out of in the second quarter with a helmet-to-helmet hit.
Navy travels to Colorado Springs on Saturday, Oct. 4 to take on Air Force in the first game of the round-robin competition between Navy, Air Force and Army for the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy. Navy defeated Air Force last year, 28-10, in Annapolis and will look to beat Air Force for the 10th time in the last 12 meetings. Air Force finished 2-10 a year ago.
Navy returns home to face VMI on Oct. 11 and then, after a week off, will welcome San Jose State on Oct. 25 in a rematch of one of the best games in all of college football a year ago. The Spartans, who finished 6-6 on the year including an upset of undefeated Fresno State in the season finale, lost to Navy a year ago, 58-52, in triple overtime as Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for an NCAA-record (for a quarterback) seven rushing touchdowns, including the game-winning 25-yard touchdown run.
The following week the Mids will take the short trip down Route 50 to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (9-4) at FedExField in Washington, DC. Last year, Notre Dame outlasted Navy, 38-34, in a game that featured an incredible nine lead changes. This will be the first meeting between Navy and Notre Dame at FedExField since 1998.
After another off-week, the Mids return to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to face a Georgia Southern team (Nov. 15) that will be in its first full year as a Football Bowl Subdivision team. Last year, as a transitional FBS squad, the Eagles went 7-4 including a 26-20 upset victory over Florida in The Swamp.
After a third off-week in six weeks, the Mids will return to the gridiron on Friday, Nov. 28 to take on South Alabama (6-6) in Mobile, Ala. It will be Navy's first trip to Mobile to play the Jaguars.
Navy will have a fourth off-week after the South Alabama game before playing Service Academy rival Army at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. Navy will be going for a record 13th win in a row against its biggest rival. It will be the first Army-Navy game in Baltimore since 2007 when the Mids beat the Black Knights, 38-3. Army head coach Jeff Monken was an assistant at Navy for that game.
CBS Sports has the rights to all of Navy's home football games and either CBS Sports or CBS Sports Network will televise all five games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, as well as the neutral site games against Ohio State and Notre Dame. CBS is home for the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA.
Season tickets go on sale today at navysports.com or by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY. The direct link to the ticket info page is here: http://bit.ly/LNw2FX
With six wins in 2014, the Mids will appear in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. A date has not been set for the bowl game.
2014 Navy Football Schedule
Date Opponent Location
August 30 vs. Ohio State Baltimore, Md.
Sept. 6 at Temple Philadelphia, Pa.
Sept. 13 at Texas State San Marcos, Texas
Sept. 20 Rutgers Annapolis, Md.
Sept. 27 Western Kentucky Annapolis, Md.
Oct. 4 at Air Force Colorado Springs, Colo.
Oct. 11 VMI Annapolis, Md.
Oct. 25 San Jose State (HC) Annapolis, Md.
Nov. 1 vs. Notre Dame Landover, Md.
Nov. 15 Georgia Southern Annapolis, Md.
Nov. 28 at South Alabama Mobile, Ala.
Dec. 13 vs. Army Baltimore, Md.