The 2017 Navy football schedule released Thursday by the American Athletic Conference features five home games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium that includes four conference games and a visit from Service Academy rival Air Force. CBS Sports Network will televise all five games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Navy will kick off the 2017 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 2 when the Mids travel to Boca Raton, Florida, to take on the Florida Atlantic Owls in Lane Kiffin's debut as the head coach. The two teams have met just once before with the Mids coming away with a 24-17 win in 2012.
The Mids will open up conference play at home the following Saturday (Sept. 9, 3:30 p.m.) when Willie Fritz's Tulane Green Wave come to town. Tulane was 4-8 in Fritz's debut season in the Big Easy that included a tight 21-14 loss to Navy.
After a bye week, the Cincinnati Bearcats will appear on Navy's schedule for the first time since 1956 and for just the third time ever as they come calling to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 23 for a 3:30 p.m. tilt.
The Mids hit the road the following Saturday (Sept. 30) to take on a tough Tulsa squad that finished 10-3 in 2016 and defeated Central Michigan, 55-10, in the Miami Beach Bowl. The Mids beat Tulsa in a thriller last year, 42-40.
The Air Force Falcons come to Annapolis on Saturday, Oct. 7 for a 3:30 p.m. game that is the first game in the round-robin series between the three Service Academies in pursuit of the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy.
Navy will travel Tennessee the following Saturday (Oct. 14) to face a Memphis squad that finished 8-5 a year ago and played in the Boca Raton Bowl. The Mids defeated the Tigers last year, 42-28, in Annapolis.
UCF will make an appearance on Navy's schedule for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. for Navy's Homecoming game. The Knights finished 6-7 last year and played in the AutoNation Cure Bowl.
After a bye week, Navy will travel to the City of Brotherly Love to take on the Temple Owls in a game that is a rematch of the 2016 AAC Championship Game. The game will be played on either Thursday, Nov. 2 or Friday, Nov. 3 and will be televised by either ESPN or ESPN2.
SMU will close out the home portion of the Navy schedule on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m. The Mustangs were much improved in 2016, just missing a bowl game (5-7).
The Mids will travel to historic Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 18 to take on the Irish in a game that will be televised nationally by NBC. Navy edged Notre Dame last year, 28-27, in Jacksonville.
The Mids will have a short turnaround time the following week as Navy travels to Houston to take on the Cougars the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 24) in a game that will be televised by either ABC or an ESPN Family of Network. Navy upset No. 6 Houston, 46-40, last year in Annapolis. The Cougars finished with a 9-4 record in 2016 that included an appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl.
The American Athletic Conference Championship Game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the home of the division champ with the best conference record Temple defeated Navy in last year's championship game played in Annapolis.
The annual Army-Navy Game presented by USAA will take place the week after the AAC Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Mids are 12-0 all-time at Lincoln Financial Field (10-0 vs. Army, 2-0 vs. Temple). The 118th playing of the Army-Navy game will kick off at 3 p.m. and will be televised nationally by CBS.
Navy has won 14 straight regular-season games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and the Mids are 24-4 at home over the last five years.