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College Football Betting Online: Thanks to a sponsorship deal with defense contractor Northrop Grumman, the Military Bowl earned its name. That’s about the only connection the game has with the military, other than having Air Force and Navy play in one previous game each. The name officially changed in 2010 when the naming rights deal was secured and the game became known as the Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman.
The game was originally going to be called the Congressional Bowl. However, EagleBank, a local financial institution, acquired the naming rights prior to the initial contest. For two years the game was called the EagleBank Bowl before Northrop Grumman secured the rights.
The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2017. The game will be played on Thursday, December 28, 2017 with kickoff scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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Virginia Cavaliers +1.5
Navy Midshipmen -1.5
At least the Navy will be in this Military Bowl to provide some level of military connection beyond the sponsor being a defense contractor.
The Midshipmen certainly hoped for a more prestigious bowl game after a hot start, but the team dropped six of its last seven games, including a loss to Army. After the offense exploded in the programs first five games, the offense slowed mightily in the second half of the year.
After scoring at least 30 in four of the first five games and at least 42 in three of them, the team topped 27 only once in their final seven games, scoring 43 in their lone win since October 7.
As always, Navy is all about the run. Zach Abey is key to this offense. The quarterback—in typical Midshipmen tradition—doesn’t have much of an arm. He also doesn’t have much to throw to, but he sure can run. He’s top on the team with 1,325 yards and 14 scores. Malcolm Perry, however, is the most explosive player in the triple-option, averaging 8.8 yards per carry in 122 touches.
On defense, the midshipmen’s pass defense will be crucial. The defense as a whole rates out about average.
On Virginia’s side of the fence, the Cavaliers finish was just about as disappointing as Navy’s. Virginia ended the season 1-5 in their final six and the offense is to blame. The team scored 14 or fewer three times and ranks No. 101 in scoring and No. 100 in total yards in college football.
While Navy thrives on the ground game, the Cavaliers basically have none. They’re averaging fewer than 100 yards per game on the ground and are susceptible to strong secondaries in the air, too.
Both teams are going in the wrong direction, fast, but something has to give.
Military Bowl Format
The game is in the fourth year of a six-year agreement with conferences featuring a lot As and Cs. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the American Athletic Conference (AAC) are contracted to send a representative based on bowl eligibility.
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.
Prior to the game's approval by the NCAA, Navy and the ACC agreed to participate. 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.
Military Bowl Game Results
San Jose State
Wake Forest and Temple each made their second appearance in the game last year with the Deacons improving to 2-0 with a 34-26 win. Entering the game with a 10-3 record and having won the AAC Championship game over Navy on the same field three weeks earlier, Temple was a two-touchdown favorite. 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. Ed Foley coached the bowl game and was retained on Temple’s staff when Geoff Collins accepted the head job.
Local attractions Navy and Maryland have also played in two bowl games, which is the most of any school. The highest attended games featured both teams. Maryland’s 51-20 won 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.
Most All-Time Wins at Military Bowl
San Jose State
With its early alliance with the ACC, that conference has appeared in the most Peach Bowls with a total of 34. North Carolina State’s four wins are the most of any ACC school and tied for the second-most in bowl history. The SEC also had a long-standing affiliation with the game and has produced the bowl’s winningest team in LSU, with five victories.
The Bayou Bengals won the inaugural Peach Bowl over No. 19 Florida State, 31-27, back in 1968 and won their first five bowls before dropping a battle of Tigers to Clemson in 2012. It was a rematch from the 1996 game when LSU downed Clemson 10-7. Those were two of Clemson’s bowl record eight appearances.
Last season Washington was the first Pac-12 team to visit the Peach Bowl and 14 other squads have appeared just once. We are likely to see more variety at the Peach Bowl with its CFP alignment, and we are also guaranteed to get two ranked teams in the first game at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
2016 – Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman – Wake Forest 34, Temple 26
2015 – Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman – Navy 44, Pittsburgh 28
2014 – Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman – Virginia Tech 33, Cincinnati 17
2013 – Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman – Marshall 31, Maryland 20
2012 – Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman – San Jose State 29, Bowling Green 20
2011 – Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman – Toledo 42, Air Force 41
2010 – Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman – Maryland 51, East Carolina 20
2009 – EagleBank Bowl – UCLA 30, Temple 21
2008 – EagleBank Bowl – Wake Forest 29, Navy 19
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