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2019 Military Bowl - North Carolina Tar Heels vs Temple Owls

Military Bowl Betting

The Military Bowl doesn’t get its name from having the service academies participate. That has been the case in the past, but the game currently has an affiliation with the American and ACC, which is why we get the matchup between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Temple Owls this season. Defense contractor Northrop Grumman became a sponsor in 2010 with the game changing its name to the Military Bowl. Both teams ended the regular season in fine fashion with UNC winning its last two and Temple going 3-1 in its last four games. The Heels hit the board as a 4-point favorite in their first bowl since the 2016 campaign.

2019 Military Bowl at a Glance

Date: Friday, December 27, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland


Matchup: North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Temple Owls

Odds: North Carolina -4.5, total 53

Military Bowl Preview

One thing Mack Brown wanted to do in his second stint as coach of UNC was get his team to a bowl. Mission accomplished. It wasn’t easy but the Heels reached bowl eligibility by taking down Mercer, 56-7, and rival North Carolina State, 41-10, in the last two games to finish the regular season at 6-6. After a three-year absence, the Heels return to the postseason in search of their first victory since beating Cincinnati in the 2013 Belk Bowl. They’ve lost three in a row and are just 2-7 in bowl games since the 2004 season. During his first stint at UNC Brown was 3-2 in the postseason and his overall bowl record is 13-8.

Though they won six games and got invited to a bowl, the Heels weren’t far off from having a much better year. Their six losses were by a total of 26 points with each one having a margin of seven points or fewer. The biggest setback was to Clemson, 21-20, when the Heels went for the 2-point conversion and win after a late touchdown. They closed as a 27.5-point dog failing to get one of the biggest upsets of the season. UNC is set at the quarterback spot for a few more years with the emergence of Sam Howell. The freshman was named the ACC’s rookie of the year after passing for 3,347 yards and setting a FBS first-year record with 35 touchdown passes. Howell completes over 60 percent of his throws and has only seven interceptions for the 25th ranked pass offense.

Temple is making its fifth straight bowl appearance, which is tame for some programs. But considering the Owls played in just four bowls between 1930 and 2008 this is a windfall. They are just 1-3 in their previous four postseason games with the victory coming over Florida International 28-3 in the 2017 Gasparilla Bowl. The Owls have played in two previous editions of this game losing to Wake Forest, 34-26, in 2016 and to UCLA, 30-21, in 2009. First year head coach Rod Carey has continued a strong run started by Matt Rhule and Geoff Collins by going 8-4 during the regular season for the Owls fifth straight winning season.

The Owls closed on a heater winning three of their last four games SU and covering in each one. Their only loss was to Cincinnati, 15-13, where they were spotted 7.5-points. Temple’s biggest win of the season came in Week 7 handing Memphis its only loss with a 30-28 upset. The Tigers earned the Group of Five spot in the New Year’s Six. Anthony Russo has 2,733 passing yards with 21 touchdowns and has two dynamic receivers in Jaden Blue and Branden Mack. The duo has combined for 143 receptions, 1,861 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Military Bowl Format

The game extended an agreement with conferences featuring a lot of As and Cs. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the American Athletic Conference (AAC) will provide teams based on eligibility through the 2025-26 season. The leagues have squared off in each of the previous five meetings with the American holding a 3-2 record in those games.

Prior to the game's final approval, Navy and the ACC agreed to participate in the inaugural EagleBank Bowl with the Midshipmen facing Wake Forest. The game had agreements with Conference USA, Navy, Army and the Big 12 to face an ACC team from 2010 through 2013. Including UNC, the ACC has supplied a representative for nine of the 12 games.

Outside of its government contractor sponsor, there are other military ties. After playing the first five bowls at RFK Stadium, organizers changed venues to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, on the campus of the Naval Academy and home to Navy football. The game also generates money that is donated to the United Service Organizations to provide programs and services for current and former members of the military.

Military Bowl Game Results

2018 Cincinnati Virginia Tech 35-31
2017 Navy Virginia 49-7
2016 Wake Forest Temple 34-26
2015 Navy Pittsburgh 44-28
2014 Virginia Tech Cincinnati 33-17
2013 Marshall Maryland 31-20
2012 San Jose State Bowling Green 29-20
2011 Toledo Air Force 42-41
2010 Maryland East Carolina 51-20
2009 UCLA Temple 30-21
2008 Wake Forest Navy 29-19

Navy made its record third appearance in 2017, knocking off Virginia, 49-7 in the most lopsided Military Bowl yet. The Middies also matched Wake Forest for the most wins in this bowl game with two. The Demon Deacons and Temple each made their second appearance in the 2016 game with the Deacs improving to 2-0 with a 34-26 win.

Temple was a two-touchdown favorite in that game. However, 6-6 Wake Forest pulled off the stunner. It was just the second time in bowl history that the favorite lost the game straight up, though the Owls were dealing with the loss of their coach Matt Ruhle, who resigned weeks before to fill the head coaching vacancy at Baylor.

Local attractions Navy and Maryland have been big draws. The three highest-attended games featured one of the two teams. Maryland’s 51-20 win over East Carolina in 2010 drew over 38,000 fans to RFK Stadium. Playing on their home field in 2015, Navy attracted 36,352 fans for its win over Pitt. The Middies again used the home field to their advantage last season with 35,921 fans witnessing their victory.

Most All-Time Wins at Military Bowl

2 Navy 2015, 2017
2 Wake Forest 2008, 2016
1 Cincinnati 2018
1 Virginia Tech 2014
1 Marshall 2013
1 San Jose State 2012
1 Toledo 2011
1 Maryland 2010
1 UCLA 2009

The current setup between the ACC and AAC, which has been in effect since the 2014 season, has seen the league’s square off in each of the last four meetings. Navy has represented the American quite well winning its two games as a member of the conference. The Middies were an independent when they lost to Wake Forest in 2008. The ACC has sent a different team to the bowl in each of the last four years.

With attendance dwindling over the last two bowl games played in RFK Stadium, the move to Annapolis has proven to be fruitful. The game attracted more than 30,000 fans in five of the six matchups at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Only 17,835 were in attendance for the 2012 game that saw San Jose State beat Bowling Green, but those are middling programs without any ties to the area.

The inaugural EagleBank Bowl took place on December 20, 2008 with a matchup between Navy and Wake Forest. The Middies jumped out to a 13-0 lead and were up 19-14 early in the fourth quarter before the Demon Deacons rallied for the 29-19 win.

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Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
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