For Navy football fans, November will schedule a great home game against a conference rival in Annapolis. The Midshipmen bring their storied history and proud tradition to every matchup with 1 national championship, 2 Heisman Trophy Winners, 3 head coaches and 19 players in the College Football Hall of Fame, and Bill the Goat as their loyal mascot.
Navy Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo returns for his 10th full season in Annapolis with a 81-42 overall record, leading the Middies with a modernized triple-option offense, a ground attack that drives many a college defensive coordinator and player crazy because it is seldom seen on the gridiron. Navy finished 9-5 last season.
Southern Methodist University – November 11, 2017
Based in Dallas, the SMU Mustangs have struggled for years after receiving the NCAA Death Penalty in 1987, which suspended their football program for two seasons. They have 11 Southwest Conference titles, 1 Heisman Trophy winner, and 16 Consensus All-Americans.
Under first-year head coach Chad Morris, SMU finished 5-7 last season, greatly improving upon their dismal 2-10 season of 2015. The Mustangs play a power spread offense, and their base defense is an unusual 4-2-5. They are poised to have a winning season.
This will be the 19th game between the Navy Midshipmen and the SMU Mustangs with Navy leading the series 11-7 and boasting a winning streak of seven games. It will be an important conference matchup because their football teams are both members of the American Athletic Conference.
There will also be more at stake for this years game. In 2009, the USNA and SMU athletic departments created the Gansz Trophy in honor of Frank Gansz, who played linebacker for the Midshipmen from 1957 to 1959 and eventually joined the coaching staff of the Mustangs. The victor will take it home.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (NMCMS)
Located near the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, NMCMS is the home field of the Navy Midshipmen football team. Completed in 1959, the stadium is also a Navy and Marine Corps memorial commemorating the fine men and women who have served and will serve these two branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
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The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is less than two miles away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.