Since M&T Bank will be the site of this year's "Crab Bowl Classic" between Maryland and Navy, the Ravens hosted the coaching staff from each team at today's practice and the two head coaches met the media on the field at McDaniel College.
Obviously, they're both excited about the game on Sept. 6, which will be the first time these teams have met since that heart-stopping game in 2005 when a missed tackle cost Navy a chance to score a major upset.
To some degree, the shoe is on the other foot this year, since it is Navy that will come into the game with the higher national profile.
"We're looking for a great game,'' said Ralph Friedgen. "It's a great challenge. They are one of the best teams in the country."
Both Friedgen and Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said they would favor this game being an annual event.
"I think it's huge, especially for us,'' said Fridge. "Navy has a big rivalry with Army. To have this in-state rivalry, I think it helps the whole state. Having it in Baltimore just accentuates that."
"We need to play more,'' said Niumatalolo. "We've got two great institutions so close together. We're looking forward to it. Maryland is looking forward to it. Ralph is looking forward to it."
The game is part of an ESPN doubleheader that also features the opener between Boise State and Virginia Tech at FedEx Stadium.Posted by Peter Schmuck at 12:00 PM
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