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Lots of Honors and a Big Matchup for Army at home in 2020

NCAA Football: Tulane at Army Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

Army

The Black Knights will play host to the Oklahoma Sooners in Michie Stadium in September 2020.

Army traveled to Norman last season and fell to the Sooners in overtime, the same thing happened with Army travelled to Ann Arbor to face the Michigan Wolverines in The Big House. This Monken led squad has shown an incredible ability to play up to their competition in tough road environments, maybe the home team advantage will give them enough of an edge to pull off the upset!

Several Cadet-Athletes Recognized for Excellence

It was a good week for Army Athletics this week as three individual athletes and the entire Army Offensive Line earned some type of honors:

Drysdale Earns Patriot League Rookie of the Week Honors

Williamson Earns Patriot League Weekly Honors

Barnhosrt Recognized as Patriot League Player of the Week

Black Knights Offensive Line on Joe Moore Mid Season Honor Roll

Air Force

Women’s Cross Country Now Ranked #14

The Lady Flacons have been on a tear this season and leapt from #21 to #14 after a noteworthy performance at last week’s Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. The Falcons had two runners place in the top 30 out of 252 runners at the invitational and finished 8th out of 36 teams, in a field that included 20 of the nation’s top 30 programs.

Air Force has a Good O-Line too

The Falcons were recognized on the Joe Moore Honor Roll as the #24 Offensive Line in the country. This is a rather prestigious list that includes Alabama, Clemson, and Army.

Navy

NCAA Grants AAC Conference Championship Despite Having Just 11 Teams

Not Navy specific, but still important new you should know.

NCAA Football: AAC Championship-Memphis at Central Florida Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

If you were not aware, NCAA Division I conferences are supposed to have twelve eligible programs in order to host a Conference Championship. UCONN his heading back to the newly reformed Big East Conference, leaving the American with just 11 football programs; AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco cited the Big 12, which only has 10 teams, as the model he wants to follow. The NCAA quickly approved the AAC’s request for a waiver.

While you should not expect the AAC to remain at 11 teams for forever, there is no rush to fill that 12th spot. Aresco has demonstrated patience for quality in the league.

Brophy’s Perfomance in the Star Match-Up Earns Him League Honors

Cross Country Captain Jake Brophy blew away the competition at the annual Army-Navy Cross Country Star Meet with his closes Army opponent finished 30 seconds behind him in the race. This is the 4th time this season he has received the Patriot League honors and the 7th time overall.