Armed Forces Bowl Pick – December 29th
Contrasting styles will be meeting on the third Saturday of the college football bowl season, as NCAA football betting fans sink their teeth into the Armed Forces Bowl between the Air Force Falcons and the Rice Owls.
The Owls didn’t have the best season in the world, but just the fact that they made it to a bowl game, especially after starting off the campaign at 2-6 was a great result. The team was a significantly better one over the course of the last few weeks of the campaign, and Rice had to overcome a challenge from Tulane on the road, a game against SMU at home in which it was a 3.5-point underdog, and a season ending clash at UTEP as a short one-point pup. QB Taylor McHargue is going to spread it out and get the ball all over the field. He threw for 2,178 yards and 11 TDs this year, and he ran for 628 yards and 11 more scores. RB Charles Ross had 743 rushing yards, while the team’s top two receivers, WR Jordan Taylor and WR Sam McGuffie combined for 97 catches, 1,196 yards, and five trips to the end zone.
Air Force was always the fifth best team in the MWC this year, but that was good enough to put the club in the Armed Forces Bowl as of several weeks ago. It was a disappointing campaign from the standpoint that the club lost to both the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen, and a loss to the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels was absolutely inexcusable, but there were some moments to be proud of as well. The win at home against the Nevada Wolf Pack was a big one, and it was the one that ultimately made the difference between getting into a bowl game and being left won, and the fact that the Falcons were able to challenge at the Big House against the Michigan Wolverines in Week 2 was certainly notable to boot. The version of the triple option that Air Force runs is always one of the most productive of the few in the land, and this year is no exception. The Falcons are averaging 329.2 yards per game as rushers, though the end result has only been 28.5 points per game on the campaign.
A tough call for sure. The Rice defense has played better ball down the stretch, while the Falcons have been stuck scoring 21 points or fewer in four straight games prior to the bowl game. We think that the ‘total’ is a bit inflated in this one at 61, though, and that’s the number that we’re going to go after in the Armed Forces Bowl. Rice 28 – Air Force 24