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Navy finalizes 2022 football schedule

The Mids will open the season vs. Delaware, face SMU on a Friday night, and will take on Notre Dame in Baltimore.

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

Navy’s 2022 football schedule is here.

The Midshipmen released their full schedule on Thursday after the American Athletic Conference finalized its league slate.

Navy will play a total of 12 regular season games, with eight of those contests coming in AAC play. Navy will open its conference slate at home in Week Two, hosting Memphis on Sept. 10.

The Mids’ non-conference schedule features, of course, matchups with Service Academy rivals Air Force and Army, and longtime rival Notre Dame. Navy will face the Irish at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore this year on Nov. 12. Kickoff time for the 95th meeting between the Mids and the Irish will be announced at a later date.

Navy will play at Air Force on Oct. 1, and its storied rivalry with Army returns to Philadelphia on Dec. 10. It will be the 123rd annual Army-Navy game. The Mids have won two of its last three vs. Army, but have lost two straight against the Falcons.

The other non-conference game on Navy’s schedule is a home matchup with nearby FCS side Delaware. The Mids and Blue Hens have met 17 times on the gridiron, with Navy holding a 10-7 advantage. This is their first meeting since 2013. Delaware will be under the direction of first-year head coach Ryan Carty.

Navy will play a weeknight game just once this season, facing SMU under the Friday Night Lights in Dallas on Oct. 14.

For the first time since 1988, Navy will not play a home game in November. Its last game in Annapolis in the 2022 regular season will be against Temple on Oct. 29. That will serve as both homecoming and senior day for the Mids.

In all, Navy will face 10 teams that qualified for bowl games in 2021, and three teams – No. 4 Cincinnati, No. 8 Notre Dame and No. 17 Houston – that finished in the top 20 of the AP Poll.

Navy has a bye during the week of Sept. 17.

The Mids finished last season 4-8, but won three of its last five games, including a victory over Army.

Here is the schedule in full. Television broadcast information will be released at a later date.

  • Sept. 3 – vs. Delaware
  • Sept. 10 – vs. Memphis*
  • Sept. 24 – AT East Carolina*
  • Oct. 1 – AT Air Force
  • Oct. 8 – vs. Tulsa*
  • Oct. 14 – AT SMU*
  • Oct. 22 – vs. Houston*
  • Oct. 29 – vs. Temple*
  • Nov. 5 – AT Cincinnati*
  • Nov. 12 – vs. Notre Dame (in Baltimore)
  • Nov. 19 – AT UCF*
  • Dec. 3 – AAC Championship Game
  • Dec. 10 – vs. Army (in Philadelphia)