Maybe I am missing something, but in this day and age, how are the military academies able to compete with the so called big time programs? On a recruiting basis, there really is no comparing ND or PItt to Navy or Air Force! But when they get on the field, espicially of late, Navy and AF can play with most teams. What allows them to to play at such a high level? Is it elite coaching? Intelligent players? The systems they use? In basketball, teams lacking overall athleticism rely on systems like Princeton or Penn. You see many of the academies relying heavily on option football. Thoughts?