Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Notes: Week 7
FOUR DOWN, TWO TO GO
Riding a two-game winning streak, Army (4-2) is just two wins shy of bowl eligibility. Army defeated Rice, 49-12, on Saturday as the Black Knights forced six turnovers, their most in a game since 1995, and scored 35 points off the Owls’ miscues.
Dating back to last season, Army is 7-2 in its last nine games. It is the best nine-game stretch for the program since 1996. In addition, the Black Knights have won four of their first six games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1988-89.
LAST TEAMS STANDING
Marshall now has the best overall record in Conference USA (4-1), and at 1-0 is one of just three undefeated teams in league play. Meanwhile, Florida Atlantic and North Texas sit atop the East and West Divisions, respectively, with 2-0 marks in conference play. Ten of the league’s teams are currently on pace for six-plus wins.
THE THREE AMIGOS
The three new coaches in C-USA--Butch Davis (3-2, FIU), Lane Kiffin (3-3, Florida Atlantic) and Mike Sanford (3-2, WKU)--have each of their teams at or above .500 thus far. The trio has combined to tally an impressive 5-2 conference ledger.
Each week, the bowl is celebrating its 15th anniversary by taking a trip down memory lane with the “Top 15 Moments” from its previous games. Here’s No. 9 from the 2009 game that featured back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns for the first time ever in a bowl game in a 47-20 Air Force win over Houston. Watch
COFFEY BEFORE THE GAME
Organizers announced that native Texan Coffey Anderson will perform the national anthem at the 2017 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and also will headline the pre-game concert on game day. The concert, presented by Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet and Armed Forces Insurance, is a free event for all fans. The concert will begin at noon on the American Airlines stage in the Tailgate Outpost, located in Lot 3 outside of Amon G. Carter Stadium. Read
Tickets for the 15th annual Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl are on sale at ArmedForcesBowl.com. Options include: $30 (general admission), $75 (lower bowl reserved) and $125 (Champions Club). For $15 each, fans may also sponsor tickets for past and present military members and their families to attend the game through the annual “Host a Hero” program. Read
DON’T WORRY, THEY’VE GOT IT COVERED
Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle says there is a buzz around this weekend’s game between North Texas and UTSA, instate rivals with championship ambitions. North Texas Athletics Director Wren Baker said, “If you do this long enough, you get the vibe when a game is different. This game has a different feel.” Read
PROJECTING THE PARTICIPANTS
With several teams halfway through their slates, projections about who will be playing in Amon G. Carter Stadium on Dec. 23 are being made. All six experts below continue to believe that Army will qualify for the Armed Forces Bowl. Four different C-USA teams earned nods, with the most popular pick being UTSA (three votes).
Kyle Bonagura (ESPN)
UTSA vs. Army
David M. Hale (ESPN)
UTSA vs. Army
Brett McMurphy (The Score)
UTSA vs. Army
Jerry Palm (CBS Sports)
WKU vs. Army
Eric Single (CNNSI)
Louisiana Tech vs. Army
Erick Smith (USA Today)
Middle Tennessee vs. Army