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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.
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San Diego State Aztecs TBD
Army Black Knights TBD
The Army can charge. They showed it with a win over Navy for the second consecutive year, but against a team like the Aztecs a run-exclusive team may struggle. The Black Knights have competed only 19 passes all seasons, fewer than many teams complete in a single game.
Behind Ahmed Bradshaw, Army is all about the run. The QB has the seventh most rushing yards in college football. Bradshaw’s rushed the ball 210 times for 1,566 yards. Despite knowing what’s coming, defensive fronts cannot knock Bradshaw behind the line. Instead, he’s average 7.5 yards per carry.
It helps to have a triple-option ground game. Along with Bradshaw, Darnell Woolfork and Andy Davidson each have at least 100 touches. Woolfork is a great option in the red zone while Davidson and Kell Walker are more likely to nab big gains.
Back to the pass, the Black Knights will need to make a pass or two to keep the defense on its feet. Can Bradshaw complete a pass?
Army’s style of football is old school. They’ll run it at you until you break on defense and hold their ground with a defensive curtain. San Diego State brings a similar—but less drastic—approach.
The Aztecs have put up superior defensive numbers to Army. They’re ranked in the top-15 in scoring defense and in yards allowed. The secondary is strong, but the defensive front is top-10 in the nation, allowing 110.8 rushing yards per game. Something has got to give.
On offense, they’re a run-first team, too. Unlike Army, they are still averaging 157.9 passing yards and can get the ball into the end zone in the air. In fact, Christian Chapman has 13 touchdowns passes. Most of the work will be done on the ground, but the threat of a possible air assault form time-to-time certainly gives San Diego State an edge.
The Black Knights, however, are less dependent on a single rusher. Rashaad Penny is the man in the Aztec offense. He’s rushed for 2,027 yards to lead the nation and make Bradshaw’s 1,566 look like child’s play.
A win by San Diego State gives the Aztecs a 11-win season for the third consecutive year.
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
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
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.
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