Here is Monday's Washington Post column ---------------
Every once in a while, the tone of a football season - good or bad - can be set very early. That appears to be the case for Navy this season.
In the Midshipmen's opening game against Maryland on Labor Day, the they drove up and down the field at M&T Bank Stadium all day long - and lost, 17-14, because five drives inside the Terrapins 20-yard-line failed to produce any points.
The Midshipmen managed to win their next two games against mediocre opposition, but it wasn't easy: They failed to score a point in the second half and had to hold on to beat division I-AA Georgia Southern, 13-7. Then, they had to come back to beat Louisiana Tech.
Still, a win over Air Force would have cured a lot of ills. Navy had beaten its most despised rival - the Midshipmen can't stand losing to Army but respect the Cadets; they aren't quite so touchy-feely about Air Force - seven straight years and won the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy all seven times. The Falcons had become as obsessed with the Mids as the Mids had been with the Falcons when Air Force dominated between 1982 and 2002.
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