The game doesn't have the same national championship implications it once did. The rise of the National Football League has a lot to do with that, as elite young athletes now are choosing major colleges as a path to the professional game rather than one of the service academies as a path to serving their country.
And there is nothing wrong with that.
The U.S. Armed Forces have fought for centuries to allow all Americans the right to choose whatever profession they desire.
So, most of the players in today's 112th version of the rivalry are more likely to end up at Fort Bragg than with the 49ers—a choice they've proudly made.
Still, the contest has produced its share of extremely talented players, including Heisman Trophy winners Roger Staubach (Navy, 1963), Joe Bellino (Navy, 1960), Pete Dawkins (Army, 1958), Glenn Davis (Army, 1946) and Felix "Doc" Blanchard (Army, 1945).
Entering this afternoon's matchup at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., the Midshipmen led the series 55-49-7 and have won the nine most recent contests.
Here is a look back at arguably the 10 greatest games in the history of this historic rivalry featuring players who all eventually will end up on the same team.