Navy Announces 2012 Football Schedule
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Five home games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, a trip to Dublin, Ireland to face Notre Dame, road games at Penn State and Air Force and the annual Army-Navy game presented by USAA in Philadelphia highlight the 2012 Navy football schedule released today.
CBS Sports Network will televise all five games in Annapolis, while CBS Sports will televise the Notre Dame and Army games.
Navy will kick-off the 2012 season on Sept. 1 in Dublin, Ireland against Notre Dame. The game will be played at Aviva Stadium, located in the heart of Dublin, and marks the first time the stadium has hosted an American football game.
It will also be the first time in program history that Navy has opened up against Notre Dame and the second time the two teams have met in Dublin. Navy played the Irish at Croke Park in 1996.
After a week off, the Mids will travel to Happy Valley on Sept. 15 to take on Bill O’Brien’s Penn State Nittany Lions. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1974 when Navy shocked Penn State in State College, 7-6.
VMI comes to town on Sept. 22 for the home opener at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. It will be the ninth meeting between the two schools and the first since 2003 when Navy defeated the Keydets, 37-10, in the season opener.
The Mids will have revenge on their minds when San Jose State comes calling on Sept. 29. Last fall, the Spartans eliminated the Midshipmen from bowl contention with a 27-24 victory in San Jose.
Navy will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. for the first leg of the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy on Oct. 6. The Falcons won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy last year thanks to a 35-34 overtime victory over Navy in Annapolis.
The Mids will travel to Mount Pleasant, Mich. the following week, as Navy will play at Central Michigan on Oct. 13. It will be the first time Navy has played at Central Michigan and the first time Navy has played in the state of Michigan since 2006 when the Mids beat Eastern Michigan at Ford Field in Detroit.
The Indiana Hoosiers come to Annapolis the following week (Oct. 20) for Homecoming. It will be just the third time in school history that the two teams have met and it will be Indiana’s first trip to Annapolis. The Hoosiers will be the first Big 10 team to play at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since Northwestern beat Navy in 2002.
East Carolina will play host to Navy on Oct. 27 in Greenville. The Pirates knocked off Navy last year in a thriller, 38-35.
Navy and Florida Atlantic will meet on the gridiron for the first time the following week as new head coach Carl Pelini brings his Owls North to Annapolis on Nov. 3.
Navy will make its first trip to Troy, Ala. on Nov. 10 when the Mids take on the Troy Trojans. Navy defeated Troy last year, 42-14.
The home finale takes place on Nov. 17, when Dennis Franchione and the Texas State Bobcats come to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Senior Day.
The 2012 Army-Navy Game Presented by USAA will take place at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on Dec. 8. Navy leads the all-time series, 56-49-7, and has won a series-record 10-consecutive games against the Black Knights.
Season tickets, both renewals and new purchases, will go on sale Feb. 1 and are $180. Those who purchase season tickets will also have an option at that time to buy single-game tickets, as well as tickets for the Navy-Notre Dame game in Dublin.
2012 Navy Football Schedule
Sept. 1 vs. Notre Dame (Dublin, Ireland)
Sept. 15 at Penn State
Sept. 22 VMI
Sept. 29 San Jose State
Oct. 6 at Air Force
Oct. 13 at Central Michigan
Oct. 20 Indiana (Homecoming)
Oct. 27 at East Carolina
Nov. 3 Florida Atlantic
Nov. 10 at Troy
Nov. 17 Texas State
Dec. 8 vs. Army (Philadelphia)