Army, Dec. 3

This one's easy. The Midshipmen's game against Army is always the most important of the season.

When the teams play at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, it will mark the 106th meeting in a series in which each team has won 49 times with seven ties. But Navy has dominated the annual "Star Game" recently, having won five of the past six by an average of nearly 24 points.

It's a game filled with tradition and pageantry, but it's also the only week that Navy will play in one of the nation's marquee matchups, as its game against the Black Knights will be televised nationally by CBS.

"This is the game the whole brigade lives for," Navy junior wide receiver Jason Tomlinson said. "This game is different from other rivalries at other schools because us and Army have this kinship and this brother-brother thing. There's a respect there. But it's also a game we want to win so we have bragging rights for the whole year."

This year's game is expected to be pivotal for Navy's postseason plans. Because the Midshipmen upgraded their schedule from a year ago -- replacing games against Division I-AA opponents Northeastern and Delaware with dates against Maryland and Stanford -- the Midshipmen have a smaller margin for error to earn the six victories needed to play in a bowl game.

The Midshipmen, who have dominated Army in recent years, celebrate their 42-13 win in 2004.