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College Football Betting Online: The Armed Forces Bowl is the only bowl game that has hosted all three U.S. Military Academy football teams. The Air Force has been there five times, the Navy twice and Army once.
This is one of the few games which already has one of the teams set provided they become bowl-eligible, as Army is locked in to play in the Armed Forces Bowl. This bowl game has a strong tradition with the military and will continue that connection in 2017.
The 2017 Armed Forces Bowl will take place on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. ESPN will televise this game at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Armed Forces Bowl Format
Army is locked in provided it gets to bowl eligibility, and it is scheduled to face off against a Big Ten opponent. In 2018, a team from the American Athletic Conference is scheduled to match up with a team from the Big 12. In 2019, the Big Ten is scheduled to return and go up against a team from the Mountain West.
In the past, Navy has also been affiliated with this bowl game and it seems likely that the Midshipmen and Air Force make several return trips moving forward because of the bowl game’s theme.
Armed Forces Bowl Game Results
|Season ||Winners ||Losers |
|2016 ||Louisiana Tech ||Navy |
|2015 ||California ||Air Force |
|2014 ||Houston ||Pittsburgh |
|2013 ||Navy ||Middle Tennessee |
|2012 ||Rice ||Air Force |
|2011 ||BYU ||Tulsa |
|2010 ||Army ||SMU |
|2009 ||Air Force ||Houston |
|2008 ||Houston ||Air Force |
|2007 ||California ||Air Force |
|2006 ||Utah ||Tulsa |
There have been seven games decided by a touchdown or less in the Armed Forces Bowl game’s history, including a pair by less than a field goal. Army knocked off SMU, 16-14, in 2010 as it jumped out to a 16-0 lead at halftime and then had to desperately hold on as the Mustangs rallied.
Houston beat Pittsburgh, 35-34, after 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.
Some of the more notable MVPs in the history of the Armed Forces Bowl include Boise State quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie, Air Force fullback Jared Tew, Houston running back Kenneth Farrow and Cal quarterback Jared Goff. The 2016 MVPs were Trent Taylor for Louisiana Tech and quarterback Zach Abey for Navy.
Most All-Time Wins at Armed Forces Bowl
|Win ||Team ||Years Won |
|2 ||Houston ||2008, 2014 |
|2 ||California ||2007, 2015 |
Houston needed that huge comeback to become the first team to win twice at the Armed Forces Bowl. California quickly joined it a year later, but it will be hard for the Bears to win here again in the near future since the Pac-12 is not affiliated with the bowl game for the next few years.
Air Force has the most all-time appearances at the Armed Forces Bowl with five but only has one victory, defeating Houston in 2009. The Cougars are 2-2 here and is the only other team with more than two appearances at the Armed Forces Bowl. There are a host of teams with one victory here, and Army can join Cal and Houston as two-time winners if it emerges victorious over the yet-to-be-determined opponent in December.
Armed Forces Bowl Preview
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl celebrated the 13th anniversary of its postseason college football bowl game on December 29, 2015. This year's edition will be played on December 23, 2016 in the 44,008-seat Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
Owned and operated by ESPN Events, the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the service are prevalent throughout the game. Past games have included flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; the awarding of custom homes to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards, and the awarding of the annual “Great American Patriot Award”.
The bowl game was inaugurated in 2003 as PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl, reflecting the sponsorship of PlainsCapital Bank. The bank's sponsorship ended in 2004, and the 2005 game was without corporate sponsorship.
In 2006, Fort Worth based-Bell Helicopter took over sponsorship, and the game became officially known as the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. During this time, the 2010 and 2011 Armed Forces Bowl were held at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, while Amon G. Carter Stadium was undergoing a major renovation. The game returned to Fort Worth in 2012 after construction on the stadium was completed.
Beginning in 2014, Lockheed Martin became the game's title sponsor. The company has a major presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex: the company's Aeronautics division is based in Fort Worth while its Missiles and Fire Control division is based in nearby Grand Prairie, Texas.
Following the 2013 football season, the bowl signed multi-year agreements with the American Athletic Conference, Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference, Mountain West Conference, Army and Navy to set bowl match-ups for the next six seasons. The 2016 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will feature the Big 12 Conference facing off against Navy, pending bowl eligibility.
In 2017, Army, if bowl eligible, will take on a Big Ten representative with the AAC and Big 12 squaring off in 2018. Bowl eligible teams from the Mountain West and Big Ten will tee it up in 2019.
The No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft put on a show in his final collegiate game. Cal quarterback Jared Goff threw for 467 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Golden Bears to a 55-36 win over Air Force in the 2015 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. The teams set a bowl record for most combined points scored with 91 and cashed the over for only the second time in the last six games. Cal was also the second favorite to win and cover in the last seven Armed Forces Bowl games.
2016 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl – Navy 37, Louisiana Tech 23
2015 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl – California 55, Air Force 36
2014 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl – Houston 35, Pittsburgh 34
2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl – Navy 24, Middle Tennessee 6
2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl – Rice 33, Air Force 14
2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl – BYU 24, Tulsa 21
2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl – Army 16, SMU 14
2009 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl – Air Force 47, Houston 20
2008 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl – Houston 34, Air Force 28
2007 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl – California 42, Air Force 36
2006 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl – Utah 25, Tulsa 13
2005 Fort Worth Bowl – Kansas 42, Houston 13
2004 PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl – Cincinnati 32, Marshall 14
2003 PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl – Boise State 34, TCU 31
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