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2013 Armed Forces Bowl Preview

Coming off a five game winning streak to end the season, the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders will be stepping on to the field at Amon G. Carter Stadium full of confidence. Despite a slow start the Blue Raiders put together a second consecutive eight-win season and have landed a spot in the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl against the Navy Midshipmen. While MTSU has already started mapping out a game plan for the Midshipmen, Navy will be at a bit of a disadvantage as they still have to play one of their biggest games of the season against Army. That being said, the 7-4 Navy Midshipmen have yet to stray far from a ground and pound game plan all season coming in as the third most efficient rushing team in the nation.

The Key to securing a victory in the 2013 Armed Forces Bowl will come down to the running game. For Navy it comes down to sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds who leads the team with a combined 2,152 passing/rushing yards and 34 touchdowns. Containing Reynolds will be a daunting task for the Blue Raiders defense but as Duke and Western Kentucky proved, it can be done. Offensively Middle Tennessee’s passing attack is one if the best in the C-USA and Logan Kilgore will need to keep it that way on December 30. With the Navy defense allowing an average of 163 yards per game it will be up to Kilgore to keep Keenan Reynolds off the field and sustain long scoring drives.

The 2013 Armed Forces Bowl has a great matchup slated for December 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM CST in Fort Worth, Texas between the Navy Midshipmen and the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders.

2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Preview:
The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will pit the Air Force Falcons against the Rice Owls at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. After starting the season at 1-5 the Falcons produced one of the most impressive finishes of the regular season winning 5 of their last 6 to become bowl eligible for the third time in 50 years. The Owls will need to preserve that intensity as they head into the Armed Forces Bowl against Air Force, the second ranked rushing offense in the nation. With both teams harnessing an impressive run game, this years Armed Forces Bowl will be won in the trenches.

2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Preview:
The 8-4 Tulsa Golden Hurricanes bring a three-bowl winning streak (and seven of eight overall) into their Armed Forces Bowl tilt with the newly independent 9-3 BYU Cougars. These two teams have high0scoring offenceses, averaging scores of more than 30 per game, with Tulsa's going up against four then-top 10 teams: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Houston, and Boise State. The question is which team's defense will wear out quicker? It's sure to be a barn-burner in Texas this December 30th, so get your tickets today!

2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Preview:
When the Army Black Knights and C-USA's SMU Mustangs meet in the Armed Forces Bowl on December 30th, it will be an amazing testament to the job both teams' coaches are doing. For Army, Rich Ellerson has led the team to its first bowl since 1996, a span that only saw them win more than three games four times. For SMU, June Jones brought his patented run-and-shoot offense with him and made the Mustangs post-season players in consecutive years for the first time since '83-'84.

SMU's offense is led by super-sophomore quarterback Kyle Padron, who's thrown for 3,526 yards and 29 touchdowns and running back Zach Line, who ran for 1,391 yards and 10 scores. Even those gaudy numbers, however, don't help make either of SMU's units rank as high as Army's 9th-ranked rushing offense. Before their game with Navy, the Black Knights have four players with more than 300 yards rushing, and have 33 ground scores. The question will be whether the Black Knights' tremendous run-offense can stop Padron and Line from hitting the field to explode for more scores. It will surely be an awesome high-scoring affair in Dallas.

2009 Armed Forces Bowl Preview:
The 2009 Armed Forces Bowl will matchup the Air Force Falcons versus the Houston Cougars. Expect a high scoring game because the Cougars like to throw the ball and Air Force can put points on the board as well.

2008 Armed Forces Bowl Game Preview:
Grab some tickets and head to Amon G. Carter Stadium to watch the 2008 Armed Forces Bowl. This bowl game has been played on the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, Texas since 2003. For the second year straight, the Armed Forces Bowl will usher in the New Year, as the bowl will be played on New Year's Eve. Come watch the Houton Cougars battle it out with the Air Force Falcons at the last bowl game of 2008!

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