Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Notes: Week 13
SCORES OF PLENTY
One of the most exciting games of the 2017 season was played Saturday in Denton, Texas, when North Texas outlasted Army West Point, 52-49, on a field goal with five seconds left. The game featured the Black Knights tying the score four times after halftime, the last with just 1:23 remaining. North Texas quarterback Mason Fine threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns, while Army signal caller Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 244 yards and two scores. North Texas won its fourth straight game and capped a perfect 6-0 home season, while the loss snapped Army’s winning streak at six games.
GRATEFUL FOR GREAT GAMES
Army sports a 4-2 record in bowl games, and those six postseason appearances have been decided by a total of 19 points, and all by a touchdown or less. The most recent was the Black Knights’ first overtime game, a 38-31 win last year at the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl.
TAKING A HOLIDAY
Army is off from action this week prior to playing its biggest game of every season, the Army-Navy Game, on Saturday, Dec. 9. The game will be played at 3 p.m. (ET) in Philadelphia. An Army win would give the Black Knights the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for the first time since 1996. Army defeated Navy last year, 21-17, for its first win over the Midshipmen since 2001.
A CORNUCOPIA OF BOWL TEAMS
More than half (eight) of Conference USA’s 14 teams are bowl eligible heading into the final weekend of the regular season. Florida Atlantic and North Texas share the best record in the league at 8-3, and the two squads will meet in the C-USA Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 2. Three teams (Marshall, Southern Miss and UAB) are 7-4, while FIU (6-4), UTSA (6-4) and WKU (6-5) all have six wins. Three other teams--Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee and Old Dominion--are one win away.
THE FEAST OF THE WEEK
Middle Tennessee and Old Dominion sport identical 5-6 overall records heading into their season-ending meeting on Saturday afternoon. That means one of the teams will be bowl eligible, while the other will finish one win shy. ODU has won three straight games to get into its position.
THANKFUL FOR OUR PAST
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. No. 3 comes from 2015, when California quarterback Jared Goff closed his college career by setting Armed Forces Bowl records for touchdown passes (6) and passing yards (467) allowing the Bears to beat Air Force, 55-36. Watch
GET A SEAT AT THE TABLE
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
WHO WILL MAKE THE PILGRIMAGE?
With Army already committed, it’s time to focus the predictions on who will be playing the Black Knights on Dec. 23 in Amon G. Carter Stadium. UTSA (4) and WKU (2) received multiple nods from the experts this week, while Marshall and UAB each had one vote.
ESPN (Kyle Bonagura) - UTSA
College Football News (Pete Fiutak) - UTSA
ESPN (David M. Hale) - UAB
SB Nation (Jason Kirk) - UTSA
The Score (Brett McMurphy) - WKU
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm) - Marshall
CNNSI (Eric Single) - WKU
USA Today (Erick Smith) - UTSA