The last time — other than this year — that College GameDay came to Philadelphia, the show aired from Franklin Field prior to Penn’s 44-9 victory over Harvard in 2002. Lee Corso dressed up as Ben Franklin in predicting the Quakers’ win. 

Credit: Hunter Martin

For the second time this season, “College GameDay” will make its way to Philadelphia on Saturday in anticipation of the 116th Army-Navy game, which will be played at Lincoln Financial Field.

There are the makings of a tradition in GameDay’s coverage of the Army-Navy game, attending the contest last year in Baltimore as well.

GameDay previously found its way to Philadelphia in November, when they set up shop outside of Independence Hall prior to the Notre Dame’s 24-20 over Temple, only the second time the program had come to the City of Brotherly Love.

The decision to come back to Philadelphia was made somewhat easy by the fact that Saturday’s contest will be the only game in the Football Bowl Subdivision on the weekend. The rest of the FBS concluded the regular season this past weekend, with the four teams in the College Football Playoff being announced on Sunday.

Navy leads the all-time series, 59-49-7, and has experienced a period of historic dominance of late. The Midshipmen have won each of the last 13 meetings between the two academies, the longest such streak in series history.

Particular attention will also be paid to Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who has the potential to have the best finish in Heisman Trophy voting out of the military academies since Dee Dowis, of the Air Force Academy, finished sixth in 1989. No member of the academies has won since Roger Staubach did as a member of the Midshipmen in 1963. Reynolds also currently holds the FBS record with 83 career rushing touchdowns, and looks to add to that total before his final regular-season game.

The game kicks off at 3 p.m.

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