Unlike Army, steady Navy still has bowl game on schedule after annual service academy showdown

Army vs. Navy always ranks as the five-star game on the schedule for each service academy.

Nothing tops the regular season finale in pride, pageantry and prestige.

The Commander-in-Chief's Trophy is indeed up for grabs, too, and Army has serious incentive — other than the obvious motivation — to beat Navy this season in the annual game. But win or lose, Army's season ends on Saturday. For Navy — like it has for most of the Ken Niumatalolo Era — there is another game to play. A bowl and another opportunity to fine-tune an ultra-consistent program.

The Midshipmen come to Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL's Eagles, on Saturday looking to extend their series-record winning streak with their 11th straight victory over the Black Knights. Before Navy started its run, the longest winning streak in the series, started in 1890, was only five games.