How Army-Navy game factors into CFP expansion talks
On the second Saturday of December, all eyes are on the Army-Navy game. The regular season has wrapped up for the rest of the country, conference championship games have taken place and bowl season hasn’t started yet. The focus is solely on the Black Knights and the Midshipmen.
But what would happen if the College Football Playoff expands to include more than 4 teams? It’s a strong possibility to happen, considering it’s been a topic of much discussion in recent years, but it could impact the schedule for December.
According to Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press, the 2 options that the CFP management committee would consider for the new first round of the Playoff would be either the second weekend of December or the third week of December. The latter could lead to games needing to be scheduled around the NFL.
However, if the decision was made to hold CFP games on the second weekend of December, it would take a bunch of eyes away from the Army-Navy game. And that’s not something those involved in the historic matchup would want, considering the boost it has gotten from the current scheduling.
“It’s been huge,” Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said, per Russo. “It’s helped us on every front in terms of corporate sponsorship, television exposure, ratings, national exposure with regard to a fanbase for both Army and Navy that is national not parochial.”
Russo reported that Gladchuk raised the possibility of the Army-Navy matchup potentially moving to Thanksgiving weekend, rather than being pushed back a week from its typical date, considering that would then move it into the beginning of bowl season.
Of course, the CFP will first need to be expanded before anything has to be decided.
This year’s Army-Navy game is scheduled to take place on Dec. 11 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.