So Wait? We’re Really Gonna Get Army Football This Year?
After the strangest offseason of all time, Army Football is back in camp, and despite the resurgence of the coronavirus and myriad other obstacles, it looks like we’re gonna get real football games after all. Not everything has been announced officially, but beat writer “Uncle Sal” Interdonato got the scoop, and now here we are.
— Army Football (@ArmyWP_Football) August 18, 2020
As of this writing, Army’s got ten games tentatively scheduled for 2020 with seven of those coming at Michie Stadium.
9/4 – Bucknell 9/5 – Middle Tennessee State
— Danno E. Cabeza (@Dan_T_Head) August 11, 2020
at Rice Louisiana Monroe
9/19 – BYU
— Army Football (@ArmyWP_Football) August 19, 2020
9/26 – Oklahoma
at Miami (Ohio) Abilene Christian
Princeton Mercer 10/17 – Eastern Michigan 10/25 – Buffalo
11/7 – Air Force
11/14 – at Tulane
at UMass Georgia Southern 11/28 – at UConn
12/12 – Army-Navy
TBD – at Rice
Initial Thoughts: Revised 2020 Schedule
Reality is that this is a really good schedule, especially considering that AD Mike Buddie had to assemble it on the fly almost from scratch. As things stand, Army plays a respectably full ten-game season, replaces a national-level opponent in Oklahoma with a different national-level opponent in BYU, and still maintains multiple bye weeks before each of the service academy games. That’s important because Air Force appears to be headed for exactly two games this season and because despite all of this, Army-Navy may still decide the National Championship.
Also: it doesn’t hurt that Army plays nearly its entire slate at home.
Indeed, what we’ve learned this year is that Michie Stadium is an attractive place to play, especially during a pandemic. West Point operates in a bubble as a matter of course, and that’s why Army Football hasn’t had a positive COVID-19 test since June 1st. Really, everybody ought to be fine so long as the visiting teams test their players correctly before each and every game. Major League Baseball (MLB) and All Elite Wrestling (AEW) have both been operating like this for months without issue despite a few scattered outbreaks, and there’s absolutely no reason to think that Army Football cannot operate in the same way as well.
Granted, nothing about 2020 has been ideal, but this is so much better than what could have been. The As For Football crew thinks Army is not just gonna play this season, they’re actually gonna kick ass!
Alas, we now have to get up to speed on a bunch of completely new opponents since the old, relatively familiar MAC opponents are all off the schedule, but that’s a good problem to have in the age of COVID-19.
Look for some preview articles coming on a condensed timeline later this week.