Both football teams have mediocre records, but each would call the season a success if it can end its season with a win.
Yes, it's Army against Navy. The 88th version is Saturday at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, starting at 2 p.m. (WUSA-TV-9).
After a three-week rest, both teams will be as healthy as they have been all season.
Navy fullback Chuck Smith and linebacker Mark Pimpo, each of whom underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Nov. 16, are expected to play. Both played in Navy's last contest, a 31-22 victory at Delaware, Nov. 14 that gave the Midshipmen a 2-8 record. Pimpo played the whole game despite his injury, incurred in practice the week prior to the game, but failed to reach double figures in tackles for the first time this season. Smith, who had missed the previous four games because of a sprained knee, left the game in the first quarter.
Army (4-6) began a six-deep plunge into its quarterback corps after wishbone specialist Tory Crawford injured knee ligaments against Wake Forest in the Cadets' fourth game. At the time he was hurt, Crawford was ranked second in the nation in scoring and 11th in rushing. The Cadets lost three of the four games he missed.
Crawford, who led all Division I quarterbacks in rushing and scoring last season, returned for Army's last two games, a 27-10 loss to Air Force on Nov. 7 and a 49-37 win against Lafayette Nov. 14.
Navy holds a 41-39-7 edge in the series. The Cadets won last year's game, 27-7. Navy's last victory was in 1985, by 17-7.