Army beat Navy 21-17 last December in the annual Army-Navy Game. The 2021 game will be played at the Meadowlands in New Jersey to commemorate the anniversary of the nearby September 11 attacks. BALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 10: Members of the Army Black Knights celebrate after defeating the Navy Midshipmen 21-17 at M&T Bank Stadium on December 10, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

When you think of college football rivalries, the typical big name ones immediately come to mind: Michigan-Ohio State, Notre Dame-USC, USC-UCLA, Auburn-Alabama, and so on. One of the biggest rivalries involving no Power Five teams is Army-Navy.

Army-Navy may not be the rivalry that gets the most attention during the season, but it is one of the longest-running and biggest rivalries in college football, and it’s always a special game. It’s also always is featured nicely thanks to taking place a week after most college football is done. (Army’s win in the 2016 edition is pictured above.) And now, the two military schools are going to elevate their rivalry a little bit with an extremely meaningful game on December 11th, 2021, to mark 20 years since the 9/11 terror attacks.

Army and Navy will square off at MetLife Stadium, just about 10 miles from Ground Zero.

One of the craziest parts about the game, as pointed out by MSN, is that some of the players in the game wouldn’t have been alive yet when the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 happened. Some players in the game that would’ve been alive would’ve been just a couple years old, and wouldn’t remember anything about that day.

While the game will be played three months after the 20th anniversary, it’s safe to say it’ll be a special day regardless. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports, which holds the rights to Army-Navy games through 2028.

This big news is likely what the game’s official Twitter account teased on Monday night:

Big news indeed.


About David Lauterbach

David is a writer for The Comeback. He enjoyed two Men's Basketball Final Four trips for Syracuse before graduating in 2016. If The Office or Game of Thrones is on TV, David will be watching.