How to watch Army Navy game: online and on TV

Army Corp of Cadets on the field at Army vs Navy game
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The annual tradition of the Army Navy game takes place this year on Saturday, December 9. One of the best spectacles in college athletics, the Army Navy game pits the two military academies and bitter rivals against each other on the gridiron; a must-watch game on the college football schedule.


The Army Navy game has been happening every year since 1919. Navy leads the all-time series 62-54-7. The series has been split the last four years, with each team winning two games; though Army is the most recent victor.

Adding some extra intrigue to the game is the fact that the Commander-in-Chief Trophy is on the line. Awarded to the team with the best record in head-to-head matchups between the military academies (Army, Navy and Air Force), Army has a chance to win the Commander-in-Chief Trophy outright if they beat Navy following an upset of Air Force earlier this season. While Navy can't win the trophy this year (they lost to Air Force), a win would prevent their rivals from claiming the trophy, as if all three teams have an identical 1-1 record against the other schools, Air Force would retain possession of the trophy.  

We've got everything you need to know about how to watch the Army vs Navy college football game, online and on TV, right here.

How to watch Army Navy game in the US

The Army Navy game airs on CBS for all US audiences. This makes the game readily available to anyone with a traditional cable TV subscription or a TV antenna receiving local stations. But there other ways to watch if you've moved away from cable boxes and the like.

Live TV streaming services including Fubo, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV carry CBS as part of their channel lineup, allowing subscribers to watch CBS broadcasts, including Army vs Navy, live. Also, live CBS coverage of college football is on Paramount Plus as well.

How to watch Army Navy game online anywhere in the world

If you're going to be away from your normal TV setup but still want to watch the Army Navy game, you might run into some problems. Thankfully, you can solve this exact issue with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). 

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Army Navy game important info

What date is the Army Navy game?

The 2023 Army Navy game takes place on Saturday, December 9, at 3 pm ET/noon PT.

Where is the Army Navy game?

Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., home of the New England Patriots, is the location for the 2023 Army Navy game. This is the first time that the Army Navy game is being played at Gillette Stadium,

Army Navy game preview

Both Army and Navy come into their annual matchup with an identical record of 5-6. With neither team qualifying for bowl games this year, they can put it all on the line as this marks their last game of the season (not they don't always give everything in the Army Navy game).

The military academies both run more old-school offenses that rely heavily on the run game. Army's top three runners (running backs Kanye Udoh and Hayden Reed as well as quarterback Bryson Daily) amassed 1,458 yards on the ground this season, while Navy's top three rushers (full backs Alex Tecza and Daba Fofana and quarterback Xavier Arline) had 1,254 yards between them. So stopping the run will be a big part of the game, something Navy has been better at this season, as they are allowing an average of 121.9 yards per game to Army's defense surrendering 180.4 yards per game rushing. 

Another key difference in the stats with the two teams that could come into effect, Navy has been better in the turnover department, with a season-long turnover differential of plus 13, while Army has a minus five differential.

Army vs Navy uniforms

The uniforms that Army and Navy wear for this game change just about every year, as the two military academies attempt to honor different parts of their branch of the military. 

Army will be wearing what it calls its "Dogface Soldiers" uniform, which is a tribute to the 3rd Infantry Division that served in the Iraq War. A fun detail, the helmet features Rocky the Bulldog, a cartoon that was created by Walt Disney.

For Navy's uniforms, they are recognizing the US Submarine Force with what they are calling the "Silent Service Uniform," with the design meant to be "simple and utilitarian to convey the stealth purposes of a submarine's design."

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.