The end-of-season Army-Navy game is just one of those traditions no one messes with. That game will go on as scheduled, even if it that means the schools have to sacrifice a spot in the College Football Playoff.
For the next four seasons, the final College Football Playoff rankings will be announced before the annual Army-Navy game. However, the academies have no plans to reschedule those games.
“We have no intention of moving it. None,” Navy athletics director Chet Gladchuk told USA Today. “It would show that we’ve realigned our priorities in a way that doesn’t complement our mission. We can’t do it. It’s something that’s that special.”
Both teams are eligible to participate in the playoff, but even earning a spot will not change their minds.
“If it means that we’ve got to sacrifice the opportunity to participate in the playoff system, then that’s something we’ll have to deal with,” Gladchuk said. “We’ll have to work on that.”
There is something special about that game and that’s not going to change anytime soon.
“I think it is a stand-alone game,” Army athletics director Boo Corrigan said. “I think we do hold a place in the history of college football. And the idea of that game being a stand-alone is very, very important to us.”