Army-Navy: The Purest Rivalry In College Football

Kristian SiutaCorrespondent IIDecember 12, 2009

BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 01:  Members of the Naval Academy look on prior to the 108th Army v Navy football game on December 1, 2007 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The game is one of the greatest spectacles in all of college football. I am not speaking of the Michigan-Ohio State game, Florida-Florida State, Auburn-Alabama, or even Notre Dame-USC. Today is one of the best sporting events in all of college athletics; it is the annual Army-Navy game, The purest rivalry in college football

This is not just another football game. It is so much more than football. Saturday's tilt between the Military Academy and the Naval Academy, brings all the pageantry that the true college fan loves to see. 

Army and Navy might not have the same caliber athletes that the big name programs recruit year in and year out, but these young men display the effort, discipline, and loyalty towards their school, coaches, and alumni. Fans across the country anticipate every Saturday from their respective football team.  

This is their national championship game. This is not the Rose Bowl or the Sugar Bowl, this is not even the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. This is the battle for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.

To earn a trophy, that is awarded to you by the President of the United States, should seem like a much bigger accomplishment than winning a crystal football presented by the commissioner of the Bowl Championship Series. 

For Army and Navy, this is the real deal, this is their national title contest. After football, some of these cadets and servicemen are deployed out to protect and preserve our country's freedom. These athletes will not be disputing contract negotiations with a pro football teams come August or September.

Army and Navy will have their honorable student-athletes conducting field training to prepare for their deployment overseas. Not exactly the "right out of college" job that every American envisions. 

The Army-Navy Game is the All-American contest for all to watch. The game today is the only Football Bowl Subdivision contest on the slate. Not everything is perceived to be perfect in the Bowl Championship Series selections or the college football landscape in 2009, however, the schedule makers did these two schools tremendous justice by separating this game from all of the rest. 

The Army-Navy Game is a perfect end to the regular season and a great kickoff party for the postseason bowl slate. This is the football game that supporters, citizens, and fans of freedom, pride, and football all come together for in support of our troops. 

Battling for the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy will be a joy for all of us to see, but for the teams, this is just another day for Army and Navy.