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12/10/2014

Army (4-7) vs. Navy (6-5)

When: Saturday, Dec. 13

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Kickoff: 2 p.m. CDT

Now that the college football schedule has wound down, bowl invitations have been sent and accepted and the coaching carousel is ever-so-slightly beginning to turn, it’s time to sit back, rub the Thanksgiving remnant belly and thank the Lord for the good football He has given us this fall. A couple of weekends of basketball won’t hurt while we wait for the bowl games to begin. Wait. What? There’s more football this Saturday? Yes! And not just any game; it’s the Army/Navy tilt. You know, the meaningless one that takes place every year, all by itself on the schedule, and all people in the stands are dressed in long coats and wearing hats, chanting and making a ruckus as though it’s European soccer. Don’t care? Join the majority. But, hey, Navy has the second-ranked rushing offense in the nation at more than 357 yards per game and is coming off wins over Georgia Southern and South Alabama. Army, on the other side of the aircraft carrier, is pretty good with the ball, too, averaging 305 yards rushing per outing. Both teams are giving up 30-plus points per game. Something’s gotta give here. We’re so excited, and we just can’t hide it. Yay.

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Eastern Washington (11-2) vs. Illinois State (11-1)

When: Saturday, Dec. 13

Where: Roos Field, Cheney, Washington

Kickoff: 3 p.m. CDT

Over in another part of the land where games are still meaningful, Illinois State’s Tre Roberson threw for 382 yards and four touchdowns and Marshaun Coprich tallied his 12th-straight 100-yard game to lead the Redbirds to a 41-21 win over the University of Northern Iowa last weekend to end the Panthers’ season at 9-5. UNI won the first game, 44-28, but fell behind 24-0 at halftime in the playoff rematch. The Redbird defense stymied UNI’s running attack, limiting 1,000-yard rusher David Johnson to just 16 yards on 18 carries. The Panthers made a game of it late, fighting back in the fourth quarter to narrow the margin to 34-21, but it’s as close as they would get. Illinois State (11-1) advances to face Eastern Washington (11-2), the Big Sky Conference champions, this weekend.

North Dakota State (12-1) vs. Coastal Carolina (12-1)

When: Saturday, Dec. 13

Where: Fargodome, Fargo, North Dakota

Kickoff: 11 a.m. CDT

In another team from the Missouri Valley Conference (and that had been beaten by UNI this year), the North Dakota State Bison face off against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Iowa State fans recognize this as the same NDSU team that beat their beloved Cyclones in the first game of the season. So if they’re talented enough to beat ISU — an entire division up in the grand scheme of things — surely they’ll be crushing a team with a mascot name of Chanticleer, right? What the hell is a Chanticleer, anyway? A weird new Jerry Lee Lewis line of dining room lights? C’mon people. Damn. Next thing you know, you’ll have a team in northwest Iowa calling itself the Midgets. Anyway, who wins? Tough saying. Or caring. Siding with the Cyclone fans on this one in saying: You kick our ass, you’re dead to us. So there. CV

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