TMG Newsmaker of the Week: Army

They will go after their 10th win of the season on Dec. 23 when they face San Diego State in the Armed Forces Bowl.

A victory will not put them into the Top 10, it will not advance their chances as a national championship contender.

The game will not serve as a showcase for a Heisman Trophy candidate or winner.

Those days are long since gone.

No, the final analysis of the 2017 college football season for the Cadets of Army is that it was a season of great expectations which were not only met, but surpassed.

And that, by itself, is enough to draw extra attention.

This was an Army team that was a woeful 2-10 only two years ago. But under the steady guidance of Coach Jeff Monken, the Cadets got better.

They won 8 games a year ago, including a bowl victory over North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Included in those eight wins was a victory over Navy, which hadn't happened in more than a decade.

They got better this season. They beat Air Force, which gave them the first boost in wining the Commander in Chief's Trophy, which is awarded to the service academy which wins the annual series between the three schools.

Army hadn't won that in 21 years, which was the only time they won 10 games in a season.

All the Cadets had to do was beat Navy last Saturday in what remains as one of the most intense and entertaining rivalries in college football. The victory elevated Army's record to 9-3.

With snowy conditions in Philadelphia as the backdrop, Army and Navy staged a classic. Army squeezed out its second successive victory--14-13--which wasn't settled until Navy missed a last second field goal attempt.

For all of that and much more in terms of integrity and honor and playing the game for the right reasons, Army is TMG's Newsmaker of the Week.