The 115th Army-Navy game is set to kickoff at 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at M&T Bank Stadium, and the stakes are high.
''It's a huge game,'' Navy senior safety George Jamison said. ''Every year, it's our goal to win. It's something we strive for. They're a great team this year, and we're going to do our best to accomplish our goal with a win. We've got to prepare, because we know they are preparing for us, and we'll find out [Dec. 13] who prepared the best.''
Navy (6-5) comes into the meeting riding a 42-40 win against South Alabama Nov. 28, which earned the Midshipman a spot in the Poinsettia Bowl. Army (4-7) also won its last contest, defeating Fordham, 42-31, Nov. 22.
Navy has won 12 straight against Army, and Jamison said he and his fellow seniors don't want to be the class to break that streak.
''They are a great team,'' Jamison said. ''We have to do our jobs. That's the number one thing. All 11 guys have a job, and if we don't do it, then big plays will happen."
Navy's top goal every season is to beat Army, win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy and make a bowl game.
Air Force already defeated both Army and Navy this year, so the trophy is out of Navy's reach. But the Midshipmen have already secured a bowl game, and a victory against Army would give Navy its top goal, even without securing the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.
''It's Army-Navy, so it's a big deal," Jamison said. "Not many people get to play in this game, and only a few people get to share the history of this game. To be a part of that is awesome, and it's something I could tell my kids and grandchildren one day."
Jamison has stepped into the safety role nicely this season after contributing mostly on special teams during the last two seasons. The Cordova, Tenn., native is tied for the team lead in takeaways with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Jamison's last opportunity to play in the Army-Navy series reminds him of why he chose to attend the Naval Academy.
''All the hype and everything I saw on TV, it was surreal to run out of that tunnel and see all the fans and everybody cheering and all the American flags,'' Jamison said. ''It's definitely one of the best experiences of my life. It's one of the big reasons why I wanted to play college football at a big school. I've dreamed about that since I was a little kid.''
Though Navy leads the all-time series with a 58-49-7 record and has enjoyed recent dominance, Jamison said the series is about a lot more than wins and losses.
''There's definitely a lot of respect,'' Jamison said. ''That's one of the biggest things about playing a service academy. In the end, we know that football and all this stuff is going to come to an end. We're going to go on to more important things, and we're going to lean on each other at some point for war and things like that. In the moment, we play the game, and we go all out and we play hard, but in the end, we have respect knowing that we're going to end up loving each other.''
This year's game will mark the third time Army and Navy have squared off in Baltimore, with the other two contests having also been played at M&T Bank Stadium in 2000 and 2007.