The Black Knights opened the season feeling optimistic about their prospects to return to winning football and a second bowl appearance in two years. They have seven home games at historic Michie Stadium, where they won three of four contests last year, including a win over Northwestern of the Big Ten.
To open the season, the team, Academy officials, band and cheerleaders traveled across the country to Southern California to play at San Diego State. A large group of West Coast alumni joined them for the game, a rare opportunity to see the team play in this part of the country.
The game was a rematch of one played last year at West Point, which came down to a field goal in the final minutes. Army thought they had outplayed the visitors that day and looked forward to another opportunity.
The result was disappointing to the team and its followers, a 42-7 win by the Aztecs. Army struggled with turnovers and containing the high-powered Aztec offense.