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2020 Armed Forces Bowl - Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs Tulane Green Wave

Armed Forces Bowl Betting

The Tulane Green Wave bolted out of the gates with an excellent 5-1 SU and ATS showing that had many college football bettors of the belief Willie Fritz’s kids had it in them to make a run at the AAC West Division title. But then reality set in and Justin McMillan and his mates ended up being nothing but the byproduct of an extremely weak schedule; save for Auburn. Due to managing just one win in their final six games, Tulane is headed to Fort Worth, TX where it will lock horns with the C-USA rep Southern Miss Golden Eagles in the Armed Forces Bowl. Jay Hopson’s troops have been to a bowl game in two of his four seasons calling the shots in Hattiesburg, but got their doors blown off by Florida State in their most recent bowl appearance back in 2017. As it stands, the Green Wave are currently 7-point favorites with the total set at 56.5.

2020 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at a Glance

Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020

Time: 11:30 a.m. ET

Venue: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

TV: ESPN

Matchup: Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Tulane Green Wave

Odds: Tulane -7, total 56.5

Armed Forces Bowl Preview

The Green Wave are very familiar with the Golden Eagles from their days of battling one another as Conference USA rivals. Still, the programs haven’t crossed paths on the gridiron since 2010. Tulane was just about as schizophrenic a team as one can get this season. They kicked it off with impressive showings against FIU, Auburn before spitting the bit late, Missouri State, Houston, Army and Connecticut. But once the schedule got tougher, they proved to be nothing short of paper Tigers. That said, this is a team that gave Navy all it could ask for and more in Annapolis before falling 41-38 as 4.5-point underdogs, and also put a good scare in UCF by coming back late to make a game of it and shockingly cover the touchdown spread in the 34-31 defeat.

Should both Corey Dauphine and Darius Bradwell be forced to miss this game due to their respective injuries that saw them miss action at the tail end of the season, Tulane would be forced to go at Southern Miss without two key cogs to the offense. Save for McMillan who led the team in rushing with 704 yards and 12 TD on 152 overall carries, the injured duo made up a bulk of the Green Wave’s rushing attack in combining for just over 1,000 rushing yards and 9 TD. Tulane’s running game paced the offense with it racking up nearly 250 yards per game, so make it a point to see if at least one if not both are available for this matchup before investing in the game’s final outcome; especially with the strength of the Golden Eagles defense being the ability to shut down the run to the tune of just 111.8 yards per game (No. 18) at 3.6 yards per carry (No. 22).

Southern Miss had its opportunities to qualify for the CUSA title game late in the season, but ultimately came up short in just about every one of its major litmus tests. Save for laying the smack down upon UAB to kick off the month of November, the damage was mostly already done by that point after incurring an ugly 45-30 defeat to LA Tech. After the Blazers got the best of the Bulldogs later on, the Golden Eagles bowl fate was sealed. Then came embarrassing losses to both Western Kentucky and eventual conference champion Florida Atlantic that finds it traveling to the state of Texas for its first bowl appearance since 2017. While its 3-4 record away from home is nothing to get excited about, it’s much better than their opponents’ who only managed one win through six tries away from the Big Easy.

The Golden Eagles offense excels when it’s able to take advantage of opposing defenses through the air evidenced by the 288.6 yards per game (No. 23) accrued by passing the ball this season. Unfortunately, Jake Abraham wasn’t able to turn all that yardage into much of any scoring production with the unit averaging a paltry 27.8 points per game (No. 74). On top of all that, there was absolutely no running game to fall back on with it churning out a pedestrian 122.8 yards per game (No. 119). Making matters worse is that leading rusher De’Michael Harris has an upper body injury that could force him to miss this game entirely. Tulane is better at defending the pass (No. 50) than the run (No. 75), so his production would be helpful. If nothing else, his presence on the field would allow a stingy S MISS defense to deal with the offensive onslaught the Green Wave is likely to throw its way.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Game Results

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
2018 Army Houston 70-14
2017 Army San Diego State 42-35
2016 Louisiana Tech Navy 48-45
2015 California Air Force 55-36
2015 Houston Pittsburgh 35-34
2013 Navy Middle Tennessee 24-6
2012 Rice Air Force 33-14
2011 BYU Tulsa 24-21
2010 Army SMU 16-14
2009 Air Force Houston 47-20
2008 Houston Air Force 34-28
2007 California Air Force 42-36
2006 Utah Tulsa 25-13
2005 Kansas Houston 42-13
2004 Cincinnati Marshall 32-14
2003 Boise State TCU 34-31

All three of Army’s visits to the Armed Forces Bowl have resulted in victories, including last year’s beatdown of Houston. With the victory, the Black Knights became the first school to repeat as champions of the Armed Forces Bowl, as they defeated San Diego State 42-35 in 2017.

Houston beat Pittsburgh, 35-34 at the end of the 2014 season, putting together an incredible fourth-quarter rally to pull off the stunning upset. The Cougars scored an astounding 29 points in the final 15 minutes and pulled out the win by successfully converting a two-point pass play with under a minute to go in regulation.

The maiden PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl was played in 2003 and featured a pair of ranked teams. No. 17 Boise State knocked off No. 19 TCU, 34-31 on a fourth quarter Ryan Dinwiddie touchdown pass. Three years later the game would become known as the Armed Forces Bowl.

Most All-Time Wins at Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
3 Army 2010, 2017, 2018
2 Houston 2008, 2014
2 California 2007, 2015

Houston and Air Force have made the most trips to the Armed Forces Bowl with five trips apiece. However, neither the Cougars or the Falcons have been very successful in this game, with Houston going 2-3 in five appearances and Air Force posting a 1-4 record here.

Army and California have both enjoyed their time in Fort Worth. Both schools are undefeated in multiple trips to this bowl game.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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