October 2021 will bring autumn and the spectacular change of seasons, along with two tough home American Athletic Conference (AAC) football games for Navy. It will be a challenge to take on both the SMU Mustangs and Cincinnati Bearcats in Annapolis just a couple of weeks apart at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The Midshipmen always carry a great weight playing with their hallowed traditions and history of great football. Their trophy case has one national championship and two Heisman trophies. In addition, Navy has three head coaches and 19 players in the College Football Hall of Fame. Bill the Goat remains their immortal mascot.
Led by fourth-year Head Coach Sonny Dykes, the Southern Methodist UniversityMustangs are working on improving up last season’s 7–3 record, when they finished 4–3 for 5th place in the AAC. Dykes has built a solid 22–14 coaching record coaching the Mustangs, who deploy a multiple approach on defense and power spread on offense.
The USNA and SMU athletic departments created the Gansz Trophy in 2009 to honor Frank Gansz. Ganz roamed the gridiron as a linebacker for the Midshipmen from 1957 to 1959. He eventually served on the SMU coaching staff. The winner brings the trophy home.
Fourth-year head coach Luke Fickell is 29-13 at the University of Cincinnati after recording two 11-win seasons. Last year, the Bearcats went undefeated, winning nine games during the regular season and AAC championship. Their spotless season was spoiled by their 24-21 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs at the Peach Bowl.
Since 2006, Cincinnati has played solid football, building a record of 98-56, making 9 bowl game appearances, winning 5 conference titles, being invited to 3 BCS/NY6 Bowl berths, and sending 22 players to the NFL.
FYI: Navy Football Home Games 2021
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