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Navy to Host Virginia in 2017 Military Bowl

The Midshipmen will play their bowl game at home for the second time in three seasons.

Military Bowl- Cincinnati v Virginia Tech Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Navy Midshipmen are busy getting ready for their annual meeting against the Army Black Knights, but learned who they will play in a bowl game on Sunday.

Navy will stay home in Annapolis, Md. to host the Virginia Cavaliers in the Military Bowl on Dec. 28 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

The Midshipmen (6-5) are making their 14th bowl appearance in 15 years and playing in the Military Bowl for the third time in the 10-year history of the bowl game. They picked up their sixth win against SMU on Nov. 11, but have dropped two consecutive games leading up to this week’s meeting with Army.

The Cavaliers (6-6) are making their first bowl appearance since 2011 under second-year head coach Bronco Mendenhall. Virginia’s win over Georgia Tech on Nov. 4 made them bowl-eligible after going 2-10 last year. However, like Navy, they enter on a losing streak as they have lost three straight. UVA has a 7-11 all-time record in bowl games, and they will be making their first-ever appearance in the Military Bowl.

It will be the 39th meeting between the two programs, and the first since 1994. The Midshipmen lead the series 27-11.

Kickoff is set for Thursday, December 28th at 1:30 PM, and the game can be seen on ESPN.