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The Black Knights and Falcons square off in Colorado Springs while the Midshipmen look to play spoiler on the national college football stage — here are six things you should know before Saturday’s service academy gridiron action kicks off: 1. Rivalry rout? Air Force (5-3, 4-1 Mountain West Conference) enters Saturday’s showdown with Army West Point (2-6) as a 17.5-point favorite and can become bowl-eligible with a victory. The Black Knights would need to win every game left on their regular-season slate to finish .500 and reach the postseason, and they’d have to start on the Falcons’ home turf (3:30 p.m.…

Workouts are underway. College football teams are taking shape under the hot August sun. Wall-sized coolers of “Falcon Fuel” are being unveiled in a massive ribbon-cutting ceremony … that last one might be an Air Force-only thing. Regardless, weekends for service academy gridiron fans soon will involve the traditional rivalry smack-talk and the more recent tradition of smashing buttons on the remote control, trying to find your team’s game on one of the approximately 73 cable sports networks in time for that 3:30 p.m. kickoff … or was it noon? Or did they play last night? The below schedule (all times Eastern) should help,…

The Army West Point Black Knights will need more than a rebranding to beat Navy, at least in the eyes of Las Vegas oddsmakers. The Golden Nugget sportsbook in Vegas released its annual way-too-early-to-take-all-that-seriously betting lines for select college football games Friday. ESPN.com has the full list here, but for Army-Navy watchers, the number to know is 13. That is, Vegas has listed the Midshipmen as 13-point favorites over the Black Knights to extend their rivalry win streak, which now stands at 13 games. The Golden Nugget had the same line set last summer (Navy won, 17-10) and had Navy…

Aside from the typical midseason TV-directed time changes (more on them later), the 2014 service academy slate is just about set. And as sweltering summer temperatures signal the beginning of full-pad practices and traditional preseason speculation, here’s a few things for the more-than-casual academy football fan to take notice of: 1. A normal Saturday slate. Aside from a trio of games in late November, including two on the day after Thanksgiving, every service academy game will be played during a time typically reserved for college football. Last year, Air Force alone played four non-Saturday games. 2. Mids going big time:…

The importance of the Army-Navy football rivalry never needs stressed to those on the field and is rarely questioned by those off it. But on Dec. 1, 2001, in Philadelphia, less than three months after terrorists attacked U.S. soil and less than two months after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, the game’s symbolic link to service and sacrifice resonated in a very real, very immediate way. In the postgame photo above, Army’s Brent Dial (21) and Navy’s Ed Malinowski (10), Chris Wade (43) and Chandler Sims (6) stand united. Dial shows none of the happiness one would expect after a 26-17…

Black Knights and Midshipmen can reconnect with old battle buddies and shipmates –- or talk smack to the OpFor —  no matter where they are during this weekend’s annual Army-Navy game thanks to a new social media app designed exclusively for sports fans. Dubbed PlayUp, which launched in October for iOS devices, the app provides public and private chat rooms around virtually every sporting event imaginable. But developers are partnering with Military Traveler — another new app created by a Marine Corps Harrier pilot who bills his base guidebook as “Yelp for iPhones”  — to do something special for one of…

Saturday’s Army-Navy game comes on the heels of another momentous day for the cadets and midshipmen, one that will affect their future much more than the outcome of a football game. Seniors at both academies received their service assignments (Navy) or branch assignments (Army) in the few weeks, a moment long anticipated by mids and cadets.  These assignments determine the path that cadets and midshipmen will be put on when the graduate and are commissioned as officers. West Point”s seniors, who will be commissioned as second lieutenants in May, get tapped to go into branches like armor, infantry, field artillery, etc. Navy  seniors, who will…

Legendary college basketball commentator and Hooters pitchman Dick Vitale is in Colorado Springs this weekend for the Army-Air Force football game. But there’s another Army-Air Force game next Friday — West Point is playing the Falcons at Clune Arena in each team’s basketball season opener — and someone in Air Force’s athletic department had the good sense to get Vitale to do a brief spot for the contest. This should get everyone fired up for hoops season (and for some delicious chicken wings).

Click below for the latest installment of the CBS online series “A Game of Honor.” Remember, these mini-movies are building to the big show, which airs Dec. 21 on Showtime. A quick look at the weekend slate: Army (3-5) at Air Force (4-4, 1-3 Mountain West Conference), 3:30 p.m. TV: CBS (Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein). The Black Knights and Falcons take over a national-TV slot vacated by some other game that’ll move to prime time. Home cooking: Army’s played four games away from West Point and lost all of them, allowing at least 35 points each time. What’s in a…

We’re just kidding, of course. Two high-ranking officers would never, ever bet anything more than a beer over a football game. Right? Here’s Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, head of U.S. Army Europe, and Gen. Mark Welsh, head of U.S. Air Forces Europe, making a made-for-AFN Army-Air Force spirit spot ahead of this Saturday’s game. It’s kitschy and the fake, jovial battle over the football at the end is just painful to watch. We at After Action hate to republish such a spot. We’d much rather see the ones made by cadets or the soldiers and airmen in the field. But…

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