In 74 years, No. 1 and No. 2 have met in the regular season just 22 times -- and only three other meetings have come after both teams had an off week. LSU and Alabama join elite company when they play next week.
It's a good thing Army-Navy doesn't rely on competitiveness for its appeal. Navy may have won its eighth straight in the series, but the game is about much more than what appears on the scoreboard.
Tie games play a big part in the World Cup. They also used to play a role in college football. Those days are over on the gridiron, but the debates they ignited endure.
From BCS e-mails to salutes for Navy to conspiracy theories about fans whining, the inbox is always full.