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2019 Cheez-It Bowl - Air Force Falcons vs Washington State Cougars

Cheez-It Bowl Betting

Talk about a contrast in styles the 2019 Cheez-It Bowl certainly has it. Not holding true to its name the Air Force Falcons have the third-best rushing offense in the FBS. The Washington State Cougars have mastered the Air Raid attack under Mike Leach and had the best passing attack in the country averaging 444.3 yards per game. Air Force closed the regular season winning seven straight games to enter the national rankings with a 10-2 mark. Both teams are making their second appearance in the Cheez-It Bowl with the Falcons opening as a 2.5-point favorite in the first-ever meeting the teams.

2019 Cheez-It Bowl at a Glance

Date: Friday, December 27, 2019

Time: 10:15 p.m. ET

Venue: Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona


Matchup: Air Force Falcons vs. Washington State Cougars

Odds: Air Force -3, total 67.5

Cheez-It Bowl Preview

Don’t expect this game to be anything like last year’s Cheez-It Bowl debacle when Cal and TCU combined to throw nine interceptions in the Horned Frogs’ 10-7 overtime victory. Never say never, but these teams are likely to surpass last year’s point total in the first few minutes. And if things go according to plan the Falcons won’t even throw nine passes. Air Force is making its first bowl appearance of any kind since beating South Alabama, 45-21, in the 2016 Arizona Bowl. The team endured consecutive 5-7 seasons before breaking through to win 10 regular season games for the first time since 1998. The Falcons won their last seven contests, including a 20-6 regular-season ending triumph over Wyoming.

Success for Air Force starts on the ground with their triple-option attack, which has been orchestrated magnificently by Donald Hammond III. The Falcons average 293.3 yards per game on the ground with Hammond accounting for 491 of them with 11 scores. There were times when the passing game needed to come through and it did with Hammond throwing for 1,286 yards and 13 touchdowns in just 99 attempts. He connected on a 75-yard scoring pass to sew up the win over Wyoming and finished that game 5 of 6 for 121 yards. Three players rushed for at least 731 yards led by Kadin Remsberg with a team-high 872 yards. Remsberg, Timothy Jackson and Taven Dirdow combined for 2,348 yards and 19 touchdowns.

When you think of Washington State throwing the football immediately comes to mind. And that was the case in 2019 with Anthony Gordon becoming the first quarterback in the Pac-12 to throw for over 5,000 yards. That didn’t translate into victories, though, as the Cougars went 6-6 for their fewest wins since 2014. They are going to a program record fifth straight bowl, however, and can climb above .500 with a win over the Falcons. The downfall started with a loss to UCLA in week 4 when the Cougars blew a 32-point second half lead. They finished 3-6 in their final nine games and reached bowl eligibility with a wild 54-53 win over Oregon State in Week 13.

For the second straight season and for the fourth time in the last six years the Cougars led the nation in passing. Gordon threw for 5,228 yards and 45 touchdowns, and WSU averaged 444.3 pass yards and 516.8 total yards per game. They also finished 10th in scoring with 39.2 points per outing. There were meltdowns on defense – the UCLA game comes to mind. The Cougars surrendered 456.8 yards per game and they rank 94th nationally in scoring defense.

Cheez-It Bowl Format

The Cheez-It Bowl has been in existence since 1989, and it has had a myriad of names and sponsors over the years. Since 2016, the game has been played at Chase Field and is one of two bowl games played at baseball-specific stadiums. Chase Field is the fourth venue of the Cheez-It Bowl over the last 30 years. Starting with the 2020 season the Cheez-It Bowl will have affiliations with the Big Ten and Big 12 Conferences.

Cheez-It Bowl Game Results (Since 2000)

2018 TCU California 10-7 (OT)
2017 Kansas State UCLA 35-17
2016 Baylor Boise State 31-12
2015 West Virginia Arizona State 43-42
2014 Oklahoma State Washington 30-22
2013 Kansas State Michigan 31-14
2012 Michigan State TCU 17-16
2011 Oklahoma Iowa 31-14
2010 Iowa Missouri 27-24
2009 Iowa State Minnesota 14-13
2008 Kansas Minnesota 42-21
2007 Oklahoma State Indiana 49-33
2006 Texas Tech Minnesota 44-41 (OT)
2005 Arizona State Rutgers 45-40
2004 Oregon State Notre Dame 38-21
2003 California Virginia Tech 52-49
2002 Pittsburgh Oregon State 38-13
2001 Syracuse Kansas State 26-3
2000 Iowa State Pittsburgh 37-29

For the first 10 years, the game was played on the campus of the University of Arizona. In 2000, organizers moved the game to Bank One Ballpark in downtown Phoenix, but in 2006 it was moved once more to Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe to replace the Fiesta Bowl, which had moved to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

The inaugural Copper Bowl was played on December 31, 1989 with the hometown Arizona Wildcats defeating North Carolina 17-14. The game was played under its original name from 1989 until 1996 when Arizona technology company Insight Enterprises became the title sponsor. Insight kept the naming rights until 2012, after which restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings bought them. Buffalo Wild Wings declined to renew its sponsorship following the 2013 game.

Instead of reverting back to its original Copper Bowl name, organizers rebranded the bowl the Cactus Bowl in 2014. The name previously belonged to a Division II postseason all-star game that played from 2001 until 2011, and was the name originally planned for the bowl game when first conceived.

Through 2005 the game featured teams mostly from the Western Athletic Conference, Pac-10 and Big 12. A matchup of teams from the Big 12 and Big Ten began in 2006 and continued through the 2013 season. An agreement between the Pac-12 and Big 12 took shape for the 2014 season. Texas Tech authored the biggest comeback in a bowl game in 2006, rallying from a 38-7 second-half deficit to defeat Minnesota in overtime. That record has since been tied.

Most All-Time Wins at Cheez-It Bowl

3 Kansas State 1993, 2013, 2017
2 Arizona 1989, 1997
2 California 1990, 2003
2 Oklahoma State 2007, 2015
2 Texas Tech 1995, 2006
2 Iowa State 2000, 2009

Kansas State became the first team to make four appearances and win three games when it defeated UCLA, 35-17 in 2017. The Wildcats also have victories over Michigan in 2013 and Wyoming in 1993, outscoring the three 118-48. K-State’s only blemish on its Cheez-It Bowl record occurred in 2001 with a loss to Syracuse.

Minnesota has made three appearances in the Cheez-It Bowl and the Golden Gophers have yet to win a game, joining Utah and Wyoming as the only three clubs to lose multiple games. The Utes and Cowboys are both 0-2.

A total of five teams have won the Cheez-It Bowl twice, three of which are from the Big 12 with the other two hailing from the Pac-12. Teams very rarely play in the Cheez-It Bowl in consecutive years. The only team to play two games in a row was Minnesota, which was beaten in the 2008 and 2009 games then known as the Insight Bowl.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

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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