The Midshipmen try not to look too far ahead despite a challenging road to bowl eligibility.
The Terps, who return four of their top five leading scorers from last season, are hoping their standout guard won't have to shoulder the scoring load alone.
Block-in-the-back call that erased tying touchdown added to host of issues plaguing Navy in third straight defeat.
Quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach, captain and former Naval Academy Superintendent Tom Lynch and 33 of their teammates from that 9-2 season will make an appearance between the first and second quarters of Saturday's game.
Coach Ken Niumatalolo believes the Mids' poor offensive performance at Air Force was a blip, not the nadir of a downward trend.
Midshipmen struggle on both sides of the ball and offer little resistance to the Falcons.
Wide receiver-quarterback Zach Abey is questionable to play in the rivalry game, and Navy has questions about Air Force: No one's sure who's calling the defense, and the Falcons haven't settled on a quarterback.
Ex-players Ausar Madison and Kai Tease argue Kevin Nickelberry "caused serious physical and emotional injury, and financial and academic harm."
The junior quarterback threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns and stayed cool in his pressure-packed first home start against Stanford.
The three-time French Open champion said she spoke with the French federation president yesterday: "Everything's fine, guys."