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Army ranked in latest AP Top 25 Poll ahead of game at Cincinnati

This Saturday, a ranked Army team will face another ranked team for the first time since 1996.

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After a week off, the Black Knights are still ranked in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

The Black Knights remained at No. 22 during their bye-week, making it the second straight week they’ve been ranked in the poll. Lauren Brownlow of 99.9 The Fan and WRAL in Raleigh ranked Army the highest at No. 14 (she also has a terrific podcast under the SB Nation umbrella that covers the ACC).

Army fell out of the USA Today Coaches Poll, slipping to 28th in points.

Army is preparing this week for its first road trip of the 2020 season. The Black Knights will face the No. 14 Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium on Saturday. That game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.

Saturday will be the first time since Nov. 16, 1996 that a ranked Army team faced another ranked team — the No. 22 Black Knights lost that day on the road to No. 19 Syracuse, 42-17 in the Carrier Dome.

Cincinnati wasn’t always on Army’s schedule. The Black Knights and Bearcats both needed to fill games on their slates back in late August and the two sides agreed to two meetings, this one and a return game at West Point in 2031. Army and Cincinnati last played each other in 2004, when both were members of CUSA.

The Bearcats are 1-0 this year after beating FCS side Austin Peay 55-20 this past weekend.