By Jim Benton for www.armedforcesbowl.com
West Point, N. Y., December 23 - Army will be making its first bowl appearance in 14 seasons when the Black Knights face SMU December 30 in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Coach Rich Ellerson is confident his team will be able to handle the distractions of going to a bowl game. "Well, we'll find that we don't have any institutional memory that way," Ellerson said. "This will be new for a lot of us. It'll be okay. We're not going with a lot of work left to do. We're not going to be meeting into the wee hours because our practice schedules are done, the plan is in place. "We have to end this bowl adventure the right way by playing well and being succesful on the 30th. We need to remember how much fun this is. This needs to be something we really look forward to as a program."