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Army Navy Game 2011: Saturday Is Best Chance Ever for Army to End Losing Streak

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 11: Running back Jared Hassin #7 of the Army Black Knights is tackled by defensive end Jabaree Tuani #98 of the Navy Midshipmen during a game on December 11, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Midshipmen won 31-17. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistDecember 7, 2011

The Army Black Knights haven't beaten the Navy Midshipmen since 2001, but this Saturday, they have their best chance in years to finally get a victory over their arch rival. 

As one of the biggest rivalries in college football, it hasn't been very appealing as of late because of Navy's dominance. 

With both teams struggling this season, Army has to step up its game to avoid losing 10 in a row to the Midshipmen. 

Neither team has played in two weeks, which means they're extremely ready to battle it out on the gridiron. The anticipation for this game continues to build, especially since the Black Knights know this is their best shot at winning in years.

During the losing streak, the closest Army got to winning was in 2006 when they ended up losing by 12 points. All other games were big blowouts, and in the last four years Navy has outscored Army 120-23. 

However, since the Midshipmen are just 4-7 on the year, now is the time for Army to strike. 

Of course, Army isn't much better than Navy, as its record is currently 3-8. Plus, the Black Knights have lost their last three games. They've struggled to put points on the board recently, averaging just 13 points a game in their last three contests. 

They level of competition was greater than what they'll face against Navy, but it's still not a good sign moving forward. 

But just because Army is on a down trend, it doesn't mean the Black Knights can't win on Saturday.

Since Navy is having its worst season in years, Army has to take advantage of that and steal a victory because it could be awhile before Army builds a stronger team than Navy. 

This rivalry will always be intense, and this weekend we should have a good game for the first time in years. 

It's up to the Black Knights to elevate their game, and knowing that the Midshipmen aren't doing so well gives them a great confidence boost, which will help them be competitive for all four quarters. 

 

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