For Navy football fans, October will deliver two terrific home games in Annapolis, Maryland. The Midshipmen always bring great tradition and history to every contest with a total of 1 national championship, 2 Heisman Trophy Winners, 3 head coaches and 19 players in the College Football Hall of Fame, and Bill the Goat as their faithful mascot. Navy Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo kicked off his 10th season in Annapolis on September 3, 2016 by thumping the Rams of Fordham University by the lopsided score of 52-16. Coach is now 69-37 leading the Middies using the triple-option offense, a system that is not often seen in modern football.
University of Houston – October 8
Ranked 6th after upsetting the Oklahoma Sooners 33-23 in their opening game of the season, the University of Houston Cougars be a tough opponent for Navy. Led by second-year head coach Tom Herman, the Cougars were 12-1 last season deploying a hard-to-stop spread offense. Herman won the Broyles Award in 2014 as the nation’s top assistant coach while serving as the offensive coordinator at Ohio State. As far as history, Houston also boasts a Heisman Trophy in its trophy case after quarterback Andre Ware passed for 4,299 yards and threw 44 touchdown passes in 1989. Ware is now a College Football Hall of Fame inductee.
University of Memphis – October 22
University of Memphis won their season opener against Southeast Missouri State 35-17. First-year head coach Mike Norvell, the former offensive coordinator for the Arizona State Sun Devils, will lead the Tigers into Annapolis. Sporting a winning record of 9-4 and a Liberty Bowl appearance last season, Memphis won’t be an easy game for the Midshipmen. Norvell is considered as one of the finest offensive minds in college football, so he will probably be giving Navy’s defense fits throughout the game.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (NMCMS)
Located near the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, NMCMS is the home field of the Navy Midshipmen football team. Beginning in 2013, the stadium has hosted the Military Bowl, which the Middies won in 2015 with a 44-28 victory over Pittsburgh, earning them an Associated Press ranking of No. 18 for the season. Completed in 1959, the stadium is also a Navy and Marine Corps memorial commemorating the fine men and women who have served and will serve these two branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.
A B&B Near the Stadium
The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is less than two miles away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your bed & breakfast room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.