I know this probably should have been written two weeks ago when Army came to town, but I was justing thinking about it recently and wondered why Army isn't considered a "rival" of Boston College. After looking it up here, BC has played Army 37 times dating back to 1919 the third most of any team after Holy Cross (51), and Syracuse (46, including 2013). We are geographically close, more so than many of our other "official" rivalries, such as Notre Dame, VT, or Miami. BC and Army played annual from 1975-1995, and 36 of 37 meetings have been since 1959, a period of 54 years. Only 18 of those 54 years did not have a matchup. So I ask again, why are we not considered rivals? Is it too late in our programs' histories that we can just whip up some name for the matchup?
Well, if you ask me, I think BC-Army needs to be more of a thing. Not so much for the football matchup, because when we aren't playing Spaz ball, it isn't much of a contest. But, rather, for the fact that we are two of the oldest D-I programs in the northeast and the fact that Army is a service academy and we are a jesuit institution, making the perfect reflection of the Church vs State aspect of the government. (I have to give my friend, a cadet at the academy, credit for the Church-vs-State name. I think its pretty appropriate.)
I know our NY game was dropped but we are still slotted to play in 2015 at the Heights. Maybe by then, we can hype up the new rivalry? What do you think? Seriously, please tell me if this all sounds pretty stupid or doesn't make sense, but I really like the idea of being "official" rivals with the service academy.