The Navy Midshipmen have been a college football independent for their entire 135-year existence, but that will change in 2015. Navy will embark on unchartered waters as they head to the American Athletic Conference, joining the AAC West division that includes Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa. The AAC East division includes Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, Temple, UCF and USF.

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The Midshipmen have won at least eight games in every season except one since 2002. Under head coach Ken Niumatalolo, Navy will instantly be title contenders in the AAC and will be one of the favorites to make it to the inaugural AAC Championship game which will be held the week before the heralded Army-Navy game.

This is a smart move by the AAC, who needed a 12th team to create their Championship Game, which ultimately is another way for the schools to make money. AAC commissioner Mike Aresco put out a statement saying, “”I am proud and delighted to take this opportunity to welcome the United States Naval Academy into the American Athletic Conference as a football-playing member, we extend a warm welcome to Admiral Ted Carter, Superintendent of the Naval Academy, athletic director Chet Gladchuk, head football coach Ken Niumatalolo, his team and all the Midshipmen and administrative personnel of the Naval Academy as well as to United States Naval and Marine Corps servicemen and women, friends and fans throughout the world.”

The AAC may not be the most prestigious conference, or held in the same esteem as the SEC, Pac-12 etc. But there are solid teams within the conference that have a high talent level, and Navy only adds to that despite their lack of NFL-ready players. Navy plays a style that is a joy to watch, and I do not doubt they will be contending for the top of the AAC West division come November.

Dan Schalk covers College Football for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @FFSportsTalk

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