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Navy finishes with No. 20 ranking in final college football polls of season

Navy players run onto the field before the Navy-Air Force football game at Annapolis, Md., October 5, 2019.

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By THE BALTIMORE SUN Published: January 15, 2020

BALTIMORE (Tribune News Service) — The Navy football team, which tied a school record with 11 wins against just two defeats, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy and the Liberty Bowl, is ranked 20th in the final Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches polls. The Mids improved from 3-10 in 2018 to 11-2 in 2019, which is tied for the second-biggest turnaround in Football Bowl Subdivision history.

The No. 20 ranking is the highest final ranking for a Navy team since 2015 when the Mids were ranked 18th and it marks just the second time in the last 56 years that Navy finished the year ranked in the Associated Press Top 20.

Navy was one of four American Athletic Conference teams to be ranked (Memphis 17, Cincinnati 21 and UCF 24), which is the third most of any conference. Only the Big Ten (six) and SEC (five) had more.

Navy will kick off the 2020 season on Aug. 29 in Dublin, Ireland against Notre Dame. The Irish finished the 2019 campaign with an 11-2 record and ranked 12th nationally.

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