Nov 1, 2013 6:51 PM by Jordan Mason

Army braces for struggling Air Force team

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - From high-ranking officers to first-year cadets, Army players have received all sorts of random pep talks over the week.

This isn't your ordinary game. This one is for service academy supremacy and everyone is fired up.

The Black Knights (3-5) kick off their quest for the Commander in Chief's Trophy when they travel to Air Force (1-7) on Saturday. A win by Army sets up quite a showdown with Navy in the final game of the season as the Black Knights try to capture their first trophy since 1996 in the annual round-robin competition.

A loss and the Midshipmen would retain the crown no matter what, courtesy of being the defending champions and having already beaten the Falcons earlier this season. (A three-way tie keeps the trophy with the past winner).

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