Gillette Stadium will host one of the biggest events in college football on Saturday, the 2024 edition of the Army-Navy Game. And with the New England Patriots’ home arena welcoming the two service schools’ football teams, the club’s two principle members will make an appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay.
Belichick will also serve as a “guest picker” for the show. Together with the crew present for the show — joining Rece Davis, Demond Howard, Pat McAfee, Kirk Herbstreit, and Lee Corso — he will give his win prediction for both Army-Navy and other college football games on Saturday.
For Belichick, who has close ties to the Naval Academy through his late after Steve, being able to attend the game is a lucky coincidence: with the Patriots playing on Thursday night and players off over the weekend, he will be able to take in the game differently than he has in quite some time.
“I won’t lie. It’s nice,” Belichick said on Monday. “It’s nice that the schedule fell the way it did. I would say most years it doesn’t fall that way. But, the fact that it did and coincided with the game being in Foxborough is nice. I haven’t been able to attend an Army-Navy game like this since I was in college. Even the ones that I’ve seen, we’ve had a game the next day in Giants Stadium or the Washington game back in 2009. So, there have been a handful of games that I’ve seen. But it all is with having to go to a meeting or something like that.
“So, this is really a nice luxury for me. It’s been a long time since I’ve had an opportunity to do this. I’m very much looking forward to it. I think it will be a great classic event for this region. There’s really nothing like Army-Navy. I’ve been in a lot of big games. I’ve seen a lot of big games. Both collegiately and professionally. But, Army-Navy is special.”
The 124th Army-Navy Game will be kicked off at 3 p.m. on Saturday. College GameDay starts at 9 a.m. ET.
Of course one has to wonder whether or not the state of the Patriots, who are just 3-10 this season, will also be discussed with Belichick and Kraft.