Venue: Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
When: Friday, December 23, 2016 - 4:30 p.m. ET ( ESPN )
Where: Fort Worth, Texas - Amon G. Carter Stadium
Who: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Navy Midshipmen
At least in theory, the Armed Forces Bowl should be one of those crazy bowl games between a pass happy team and a triple option team, and points could end up being scored in tremendous bunches. We know that the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs can score in a hurry. But can they do so against one of the best defenses they've faced this year in that of the Navy Midshipmen? And are they going to have any way of stopping the triple option, even with a backup quarterback running the show for the Middies?
In a sense, the Armed Forces Bowl is also the biggest question mark of a bowl game to try to handicap. These two teams know nothing about each other and look nothing like each other. It's literally impossible for either to imitate the other in scouting, and the fact that this is relatively early in the bowl game process makes it even more intriguing. One thing is for sure though, and that's that this is going to be a whole heck of a lot of fun to try watch unfold in Fort Worth.
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Opening Line: Navy -1.5
Preview: The poor Navy Midshipmen. The Middies looked to be challengers for the New Year's Six heading into the AAC Championship Game at home, a game they were expected to win over Temple. Instead, they crashed and burned, lost their top running back and their quarterback for the season, and ultimately now have a lot of pieces to pick up before playing in the Armed Forces Bowl on December 23 against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Continue...
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The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is set for college football in style. Every year 2 teams, one from the Pac-10 and one from the Mountain West conferences will take the field in search of an important postseason victory.
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One of the first things to look for when examining the college football bowl odds is the current form of the teams. Some teams are coming into the bowl game playing very well, while others are coming in flat or disappointed.
Motivation is a big key factor when it comes to looking at college football bowl betting lines, we also have to look at other things.
Schedule strength, turnovers, recent form, and overall team power ratings are things to consider as the bowl games begin. You also want to take the individual game odds into consideration.
The first Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl was in 2003 and featured a 34-31 Boise State victory over TCU. While the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl aims to have teams from the Big 12 and Conference USA that is not always possible.
In 2003 and 2004, the Big 12 did not have enough Bowl-eligible teams to fill their allowed College Bowl Game spots, so replacement schools had to be found.
In 2003, at the first Fort Worth Bowl, the Boise State Broncos took the prize against Texas Christian University (TCU). Ryan Dinwiddie, the Boise quarterback, was the MVP of the game.
In 2004 the Cincinnati Bearcats won out right over the Thundering Herd of Marshall University (West Virginia), with Gino Guidugli, quarterback, taking Marshall to victory with his unstoppable arm.
Fort Worth Bowl is hosted by Amon G. Carter Stadium and was named for a Fort Worth publisher and philanthropist. It is a natural grass surface and was built in 1929.
It is usually the home of the TCU Horned Frogs, except one day a year when it hosts the Fort Worth Bowl.
|Armed Forces Bowl Past Results|
|Date Played||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Score|
|December 23, 2003||Boise State 2||34||TCU||31|
|December 23, 2004||Cincinnati||32||Marshall ||14|
|December 23, 2005||Kansas||42||Houston||13|
|December 23, 2006||Utah||25||Tulsa||13|
|December 31, 2007||California||42||Air Force||36|
|December 31, 2008||Houston||34||Air Force||28|
|December 31, 2009||Air Force||47||Houston||20|
|December 30, 2010||Army||16||SMU||14|
|December 30, 2011||BYU||24||Tulsa||21|
|December 29, 2012||Rice||33||Air Force||14|
|December 30, 2013||Navy||24||Middle Tennessee||6|
*Note: All times Eastern
|New Mexico Bowl||Dec. 17||2 p.m.||Albuquerque, N.M.||New Mexico vs. UTSA|
|Las Vegas Bowl||Dec. 17||3:30 p.m.||Las Vegas, Nev.||Houston vs. San Diego St.|
|Camellia Bowl||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Montgomery, Ala.||Appalachian St. vs. Toledo|
|Cure||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Arkansas St. vs. UCF|
|New Orleans Bowl||Dec. 17||9 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Southern Mississippi|
|Miami Beach Bowl||Dec. 19||2:30 p.m.||Miami, Fla.||Central Michigan vs. Tulsa|
|Boca Raton Bowl||Dec. 20||7 p.m.||Boca Raton, Fla.||West. Kentucky vs. Memphis|
|Poinsettia Bowl||Dec. 21||9 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||BYU vs. Wyoming|
|Potato Bowl||Dec. 22||7 p.m.||Boise, Idaho||Colorado St. vs. Idaho|
|Bahamas Bowl||Dec. 23||1 p.m.||Nassau, Bahamas||Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion|
|Armed Forces Bowl||Dec. 23||4:30 p.m.||Fort Worth, Tex.||Louisiana Tech vs. Navy|
|Dollar General||Dec. 23||8 p.m.||Mobile, Ala.||Ohio vs. Troy|
|Hawaii Bowl||Dec. 24||8 p.m.||Honolulu, Hawaii||Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee|
|St. Petersburg Bowl||Dec. 26||11 a.m.||St. Petersburg, Fla.||Miami (OH) vs. Mississippi St.|
|Quick Lane Bowl||Dec. 26||2:30 p.m.||Detroit, Mich.||Boston College vs. Maryland|
|Independence Bowl||Dec. 26||5 p.m.||Shreveport, La.||NC State vs. Vanderbilt|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||Dec. 27||Noon||Dallas, Texas||Army vs. North Texas|
|Military Bowl||Dec. 27||3:30 p.m.||Annapolis, Md.||Temple vs. Wake Forest|
|Holiday Bowl||Dec. 27||7 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||Minnesota vs. Wash. St.|
|Cactus Bowl||Dec. 27||10:15 p.m.||Phoenix, Ariz.||Baylor vs. Boise State|
|Pinstripe Bowl||Dec. 28||2 p.m.||New York, NY||Northwestern vs. Pittsburgh|
|Russell Athletic Bowl||Dec. 28||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Miami (Fla.) vs. West Virginia|
|Foster Farms Bowl||Dec. 28||8:30 p.m.||Santa Clara, Calif.||Indiana vs. Utah|
|Texas||Dec. 28||9 p.m.||Houston, Texas||Kansas St. vs. Texas A&M|
|Birmingham Bowl||Dec. 29||2 p.m.||Birmingham, Ala.||South Carolina vs. South Fla.|
|Belk Bowl||Dec. 29||5:30 p.m.||Charlotte, N.C.||Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech|
|Alamo Bowl||Dec. 29||9 p.m.||San Antonio, Texas||Colorado vs. Oklahoma St.|
|Arizona||Dec. 30||5:30 p.m.||Tucson, Ariz.||Air Force vs. South Alabama|
|Liberty Bowl||Dec. 30||Noon||Memphis, Tenn.||Georgia vs. TCU|
|Sun Bowl||Dec. 30||2 p.m.||El Paso, Texas||North Carolina vs. Stanford|
|Music City Bowl||Dec. 30||3:30 p.m.||Nashville, Tenn.||Nebraska vs. Tennessee|
|Orange Bowl||Dec. 30||8 p.m.||Miami Gardens, Fla.||Florida State vs. Michigan|
|Peach Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||3 p.m.||Atlanta, Ga.||Alabama vs. Washington|
|Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||7 p.m.||Glendale, Ariz.||Clemson vs. Ohio State|
|TaxSlayer Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Jacksonville, Fla.||Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky|
|Citrus Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Louisville vs. LSU|
|Outback Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Tampa, Fla.||Florida vs. Iowa|
|Cotton Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Arlington, Texas||Western Mich. vs. Wisconsin|
|Rose Bowl||Jan. 2||5 p.m.||Pasadena, Calif.||Penn State vs. USC|
|Sugar Bowl||Jan. 2||8:30 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Auburn vs. Oklahoma|
|CFP National Championship||Jan. 9||TBD||Tampa, Fla.||Peach Winner vs. Fiesta Winner|
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