Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Notes: Week 5

DOWN TO THE WIRE

Army lost a heartbreaker to Tulane on Saturday, as the Green Wave scored a touchdown with 23 seconds left to pull out a 21-17 victory. Tulane converted three fourth-down plays on its winning drive. The see-saw affair saw five lead changes. Andy Davidson finished with 26 carries and a career-high 130 rushing yards.

 

AN ARMY-CONFERENCE USA PREVIEW

The Army Black Knights (2-2) will face a Conference USA team (0-4 UTEP) this Saturday in a preview of an anticipated matchup between Army and a C-USA school less than three months away in Amon G. Carter Stadium.

 

STANDING HERE ON TOP

UTSA (3-0) remains the lone undefeated team in Conference USA after drubbing Texas State, 44-14, on Saturday. The Roadrunners have outscored their opponents 112-41 thus far. In all, 10 of the league’s 14 teams own .500 or better records through the season’s first four weeks. FIU, Marshall and Southern Miss are all 2-1.

 

ON A CONFERENCE CALL

The Conference USA season has featured just four league games thus far in 2017, but action heats up in week 5. Three C-USA games are on the docket Saturday--FIU hosts Charlotte,  Middle Tennessee travels to Florida Atlantic and North Texas visits Southern Miss.

 

LOOKING BACK

Each week, the bowl will celebrate its 15th anniversary by taking a trip down memory lane with highlights from its previous games as part of a “Top 15 Moments” package. Here’s No. 11 from the 2007 game when California topped Air Force, 42-36, in a shootout. Watch

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for the 15th annual Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl are on sale at ArmedForcesBowl.com. Options include: $30 (general admission), $75 (lower bowl reserved) and $125 (Champions Club). For $15 each, fans may also sponsor tickets for past and present military members and their families to attend the game through the annual “Host a Hero” program. Read

 

DON’T WORRY, THEY’VE GOT IT COVERED

Jason Munz of the Hattiesburg American profiles former Southern Miss defensive end Maj. Kendall Dunn, a pilot with the Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. Since July, Maj. Dunn, a member of the “Hurricane Hunters” has flown through six storms: Don, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia and Maria. He and his teammates will be honored Saturday as part of the 1997 Conference USA championship team’s 20-year reunion. Read

Shandel Richardson of the Sun Sentinel notes that the Florida Atlantic program is staying positive despite a 1-3 start under coach Lane Kiffin, who hasn’t witnessed many losses in recent years. Read

Grant Traylor of The Herald-Dispatch says that Marshall has adjusted to its new role as an underdog this season, and will do so again Saturday when it looks for just its fourth win ever over Cincinnati. Read

Glynn A. Hill of the Houston Chronicle explains that Rice head coach David Bailiff believes that the Owls are very close to having everything gel. Read

 

EARLY BOWL PROJECTIONS

The calendar may still show September, but it’s never too early to think about who will be playing in Amon G. Carter Stadium on Dec. 23. All six experts below believe that Army will qualify for the Armed Forces Bowl, while four different C-USA teams earned nods, with Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss listed twice.

 

Kyle Bonagura (ESPN)

Southern Miss vs. Army

David M. Hale (ESPN)

Middle Tennessee vs. Army

Brett McMurphy (The Score)

UTSA vs. Army

Jerry Palm (CBS Sports)

Middle Tennessee vs. Army

Eric Single (CNNSI)

Southern Miss vs. Army

Erick Smith (USA Today)

WKU vs. Army