Navy will seek to secure a bowl berth and send its seniors out in style on Saturday when it hosts South Alabama, a team that's a lot better than its record indicates.
The up-and-down Midshipmen are also seeking to win consecutive games for only the second time this season.
Navy (5-4) has won 10 straight on Senior Day, and continuing that streak would clinch a non-losing season and 10th postseason appearance since 2003. Navy has a contract to appear in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and can start selling tickets as soon as it reaches six victories.
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo didn't attempt to downplay the importance of Saturday's game.
''Some coaches don't talk about it. It's like taboo,'' Niumatalolo said. ''Why hide it? That's one of our goals. We have a chance to become bowl eligible this weekend. Our seniors can go undefeated at home. There are goals we're trying to reach.''
South Alabama, from the Sun Belt Conference, has lost three games by one point and another by ...