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The Gazette, Jerilee Bennett, Associated Press
After pulling in a pass, Air Force's Drew Coleman heads for the end zone while being pursued by Colorado State's Kevin Pierr-Louis during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Falcon Stadium at Air Force Academy, Colo., on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — If there are two teams that shouldn't mind a 9:30 a.m. kickoff, it's Navy and Air Force. The Midshipmen and Falcons are used to getting up at the crack of dawn.

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Air Force coach Troy Calhoun dismisses the notion that Saturday's rooster-rising kickoff will matter to anyone other than maybe the late-arriving fans on a shivering cold and snowy morning. He notes that "during basic training you are up at 4:15."

While the timing won't mean anything to these two teams, the trophy means everything.

The Falcons (2-2) have won the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy the last two years after Navy (1-3) held the prize from 2003-09. Last year's game ended in controversy and a 35-34 Air Force overtime win in Annapolis, Md.