It appears the battle is over and tradition, common sense, and most of all the United States Military Academy and Naval Academy have won.
ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that the College Football Playoff will withhold their final rankings if Army and/or Navy are in position to make the playoff or a New Years Six Bowl game.
.@CFBPlayoff selection committee will hold final ranking until after Navy-Army game if Navy or Army in running for semifinals or NY6 bowl
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) June 16, 2015
The report comes after many Group of Five conference commissioners have spoken out against the traditional Army-Navy game remaining as a standalone contest on the second Saturday of every December.
Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson was the most vocal in his stance of moving the Army-Navy game as he called the game "disruptive" to the other 128 FBS football programs.
Obviously now, the CFP disagrees with Thompson and will compromise in the name of tradition. An interesting move since many traditional rivalries such as the Border War, Backyard Brawl, and Texas-Texas A&M are dead because of conference realignment.
It'll be interesting to see if Army or Navy can legitimately challenge for a playoff spot or the Group of Five's NY6 Bowl slot despite Army's struggles or Navy's inability to crack the national rankings.
Meanwhile, hopefully this is a sign of things to come in college football and tradition won't be completely bypassed in the name of making money.
However for now, college football purists, the annual Army-Navy game is no longer under target from the playoff powers-that-be. Now what will the Group of Five conferences say?