It is only appropriate that on the weekend before Veterans Day one of the branches of the Armed Forces is nominated as the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Week.

Navy earned the honors for Week 10, with its 23-21 victory at Notre Dame. It was the second time in three years the Midshipmen beat the Irish in South Bend, Ind. Two years ago, when Navy beat the Irish, Notre Dame was in the midst of a 3-9 season. This year, the Irish were eyeing a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) berth. That all changed with the Navy shocker.

Navy clinched the victory when Craig Schaefer sacked Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen in the end zone with 60 seconds left. Navy outrushed Notre Dame 348-60.

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Two other games received serious consideration from the Academy’s panel of experts: Northwestern’s 17-10 victory over previously unbeaten Iowa, and Alabama’s 24-15 win over LSU.

Top nominations by week so far this year are:

  • Week 1: BYU 14, Oklahoma 13
  • Week 2: Houston 45, Oklahoma State 35
  • Week 3: Washington 16, USC 13
  • Week 4: Oregon 42, California 3
  • Week 5: UTEP 58, Houston 41
  • Week 6: Arkansas 44, Auburn 23
  • Week 7: Florida 23, Arkansas 20
  • Week 8: Clemson 40, Miami 37 (OT)
  • Week 9: Oregon 47, USC 20

The College Football Game of the Year concept was developed by Daniel Moore, the Academy’s 2005 Sport Artist of the Year. Moore is a well-known artist for his paintings on college football.

At the end of the season and bowl games, a final review of nominations will be prepared for consideration. The winning school receives a commemorative limited edition fine art print and a $5,000 donation for its general scholarship fund.

The Academy’s expert panel includes such former esteemed coaches as Hall of Famers Vince Dooley from Georgia and Jack Lengyel, the coach at Marshall University after a plane crash claimed the lives of 75 team members and coaching staff in 1970.