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For the first time this season, all three Commander in Chief’s Trophy contenders will play home games on the same day: Army West Point hosting Tulane at Michie Stadium, Air Force battling Utah State in Colorado Springs, and Navy facing Southern Methodist in Annapolis, the newly minted hip-hop capital of Maryland. Six things you should know about a home-cooked Saturday afternoon: 1. Navy and the CFP. After the Mids’ 45-20 upset win over Memphis last weekend, Navy found itself 20th in the College Football Playoff rankings, which will determine the four semifinalists that compete for the national championship and will set…

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…

Army, Navy and Air Force have locked in their season-opening football games, all starting the year at home against teams outside the top-tier Football Bowl Subdivision. Navy announced today that it will host Colgate at noon on Sept. 5 with the game televised on CBS Sports Network. It will be a nonconference opener for the first-ever conference football season at Annapolis; the Midshipmen will play in the American Athletic Conference, which has not released its league schedule for the year. The Mids’ nonconference slate is set, and Colgate is the only team on it that won’t make a yearly appearance. Navy hosts Air…

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:…

USA Today has updated its massive college football salary database and recently published a piece on the exploding cost of employing a major-college football coach, which has nearly doubled since 2006. The payouts for service-academy coaches haven’t seen that big of a surge, at least in recent years. Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo still leads the pack, earning a bit more than $1.5 million in 2013. That’s down from $1.6 million last year, but those figures likely all fall under the contract extension signed by the coach, terms undisclosed, in 2011. It’s good enough for 63rd on the overall list.…

After the Naval Academy rescheduled a soccer game this week and the Air Force Academy announced it wouldn’t travel to Annapolis for this weekend’s big Navy-Air Force football game, it looked like the government shutdown had completely cast its shadow over service academy athletics. However, the Naval Academy announced late Wednesday that the game against Air Force and would go on. At the time, it was the only athletic contest that remained on Navy’s shutdown-shortened schedule, but the school announced Friday that some games were back on the docket. Even the women’s soccer game at American University, which had been…

When Navy’s football team faced Notre Dame at a neutral site last year, the Mids had to travel to Dublin. When Air Force faces Notre Dame on a neutral site in 2015, the Falcons might have to travel to … Denver. Sports Authority Field at Mile High is less of a road trip than a weekend errand run from Colorado Springs, but it’s one of three neutral-field locations under consideration for the 2015 game, The Denver Post reports. Other options include Chicago — a short trip from South Bend for the Irish — and Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, better known…

For the Friday night-owls out there, here’s what Air Force fans need to know about this week’s Mountain West Conference showdown. Who, where, when: Hawaii (1-8, 0-6 MWC) at Air Force (5-5, 4-2 MWC), Friday, 7:30 p.m. Mountain time (9:30 p.m. Eastern, 4:30 p.m. Hawaii) TV: ESPN2 (Carter Blackburn and Rod Gilmore have the call) Gambling is illegal in most states: Air Force is a 22-point favorite. Must-win? The Falcons need one victory to secure bowl eligibility. If it doesn’t come this week, it’ll need to come Nov. 24 on the road against Fresno State (8-3, 6-1 MWC). The Falcons…

What Falcons fans need to know as Air Force hits the road, again, after a disappointing trip to West Point: Who, where, when: Air Force (5-4, 4-1 Mountain West Conference) at San Diego State (7-1, 4-1 MWC), Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Pacific (1:30 Mountain, 3:30 Eastern) TV: NBC Sports Network (Ari Wolfe and Blaine Fowler have the call) Gambling is illegal in most states: San Diego State is an 8-point favorite. Top of the Mountain: The MWC has four teams with one loss jammed atop the conference, meaning Saturday’s game could serve as a title eliminator of sorts. Fresno State and…

With wins last weekend, both the Navy Midshipmen and the Air Force Falcons improved to 5-3 on the season, one win away from bowl eligibility. Navy has no teams above .500 remaining on its schedule and hosts 2-6 Florida Atlantic this Saturday; Air Force visits 1-6 Army on Saturday and has a date with Hawaii (1-6) in Colorado Springs on Nov. 16. Coaches and players can’t take wins for granted, but bowl projections have to. And if some of the most well-known postseason guessers  — CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm, college football wizard Phil Steele and ESPN projectors Mark Schlabach and Brad…

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