Navy will never be able to host a true home game to Ohio State, but this is the next best thing. The Mids and Buckeyes will square off on Labor Day weekend in 2014 at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens.
M&T seats 71,000, which is more than double than Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis can hold. But it’s still not as big as Ohio Stadium (“The Horseshoe”) in Columbus, which seats more than 102,000. It was at The Shoe where Navy and Ohio State played a classic last season, with the Buckeyes intercepting and returning a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter to seal the 31-27 victory.
The announcement of the 2014 matchup gives me an excuse to post a pretty sweet highlight film from the 1981 Liberty Bowl between the Buckeyes and Mids that I stumbled across last week. What a game this was, apparently. I had no idea, and it’s worth a watch if you’re a Navy fan or just a college football fan.
Enjoy, and be on the lookout for a few things:
* The punting games. Wow. Just wow.
* Joe Theismann, still a Washington Redskin and years before his awful leg injury, is the color analyst. The other announcer? The legendary Harry Kalas.
*Navy great Napoleon McCallum, years before his awful leg injury, makes a crucial play for the Mids late in the game.
* Art Schlichter, a few years before he became a bust in the NFL and went to prison for gambling-related crimes, is the QB for Ohio State.