By Troy Phillips for www.armedforcesbowl.com
Dallas, Texas, December 30 - As the landscape of college football bowls continue to shift like plate tectonics, there’s one constant amid all the variables. Aligning with service academies obviously works for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. If one is available, it’ll be on the bowl’s radar. Army delivered both fans and excitement on Thursday, marching to a 16-0 halftime lead against SMU and then held on for a 16-14 victory over the Mustangs in the eighth BHAFB at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. SMU’s visitor side and grass seating area behind one end zone were blanketed with Army black and gold, and the BHAFB’s second-to-none tributes to the nation’s military personnel had an intimate feel with this year’s temporary change of venue.