I would love for Army to become and consistent bowl team and for all three service academies to occasionally have Top 25 teams. I know it is nearly impossible in this day and age but it would be damn cool.
Crazy how good Army used to be. During the 16-year period from 1943-1958 (under coach Earl "Red" Blaik, a West Point grad himself), Army had the #2 win pct in football (behind only Oklahoma), including 13 finishes in the AP Top 20, ten in the AP Top 10, three Heisman winners, and one Outland Trophy winner.
From 1944-1946, Army went 27-0-1 with three national championships and two Heisman winners. The tie was the 0-0 tie with Notre Dame in the 1946 "Game of the Century" in Yankee Stadium before a crowd of 74,121. Both teams were national champs that year.
And from 1948-1950, Army went 25-0-1, including victories over Penn State (twice) and Michigan (twice). The tie was a 21-21 tie with Navy in 1948. Sid Gillman was the offensive asst coach in 1948 (he went on to be an NFL HOF coach for the Chargers) and he was replaced at Army by Vince Lombardi (coached at Army 1949-1953)
Army's last great year was 1958 when they went 8-0-1 with Heisman winner Pete Dawkins. It was the last year Earl "Red" Blaik was the coach at Army...he retired after 18 seasons as Army head coach. He is buried in the cemetery at West Point.
AF, who was ranked #33 in the Coaches Poll and #36 in the AP Poll, won the Potato Bowl 38-24 over Western Michigan
First 10-win season for Air Force since 1998 and the 6th in school history (1983, 1985, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2014)
Since their last 10-win season in 1998, Air Force had only finished with 9 wins 3 times (2000, 2007, 2010), the last two of which came under current coach Troy Calhoun, a 1989 graduate of the Air Force Academy (he played QB for Air Force)
Bruce Feldman @ BruceFeldmanCFB 11h
Heckuva season by Troy Calhoun & staff getting #AirForce to
10 wins this year with wins over Boise & CSU.
Broncos OG Ben Garland, a 2010 graduate of the Air Force Academy:
Ben Garland @ BenGarland63 11h
10 win season, bowl champs, Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, and the Falcon Ram trophy, proud of my bolt brothers. Go Air Force !
Pictured below, USAF Colonel Terry Virts watches the game from the International Space Station, where he has been since November 23. He graduated the Air Force Academy with Academic Distinction in 1989 and began his career as an F-16 pilot. He later was the pilot for the Space Shuttle Endeavour that launched in 2010
Terry W. Virts @AstroTerry 14h
Watching #AirForce play in the Potato Bowl. Up 6-3!