Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Weekly Release: Sept. 15, 2017
Tickets for the 15th annual Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl went on sale today at ArmedForcesBowl.com. Options for tickets 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
ALL WE DO IS WIN
Army moved to 2-0 on the young season with a 21-17 come-from-behind victory over Buffalo. The Black Knights trailed, 17-7, heading into the final quarter, before running back Darnell Woolfolk scored on a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs. The Army defense has yet to allow a point in the second half this year. The win moved Army to 2-0 in consecutive years for the first time since the 1979 and 1980 seasons.
A WELL-DESERVED EXTENSION
Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan has announced a new multi-year contract extension for head coach Jeff Monken. In 2016, his third year as Army head coach, Monken led the Black Knights to their first win over Navy since 2001 and a bowl game victory for the first time in six seasons. The last time the Black Knights had accomplished both feats in the same season was in 1984. The eight wins in 2016 were the most in two decades, when Army went 10-2 in 1996. Read
RANK AND FILE
Army faces a big test on Saturday when it travels to Ohio Stadium to face No. 8 Ohio State. The game will be televised nationally on FOX at 3:30 p.m. (CT). The Black Knights’ last victory over a team ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 came in 1972 when Army defeated No. 15 Air Force.
ROADRUNNERS ARE ROADWINNERS
UTSA headed up Interstate 35 to defeat instate foe Baylor, 17-10, in Waco on Saturday. It was the program’s first-ever win against a team from a Power 5 conference. The Roadrunners defense held Baylor to its lowest point total in seven years and less than 300 yards of total offense.
STANDING HERE ON TOP
Old Dominion stands as the lone 2-0 team in Conference USA thus far this season, while UTSA is 1-0 following an opening week postponement. Meanwhile, Rice (1-1 overall) recorded the first league win of the season, 31-14, Saturday at UTEP. Eleven of the 14 teams have at least one win through two weeks of play. Standings
THEY’VE GOT IT COVERED
Harry Minium of The Virginian-Pilot takes a look at just how far the Old Dominion program has come since its first football game against Chowan in 2009. On Saturday, in the school’s 100th all-time game, ODU plays host to North Carolina. Read
Matthew DeFranks takes a look at FAU’s extended stay in Madison, Wis., due to Hurricane Irma and says that all indications are that the Owls’ home game against Bethune-Cookman will go on as scheduled Saturday night. Read
Rice and Houston renew their rivalry for the Bayou Bucket on Saturday. Here’s a look from the Houston Chronicle at some of the most memorable games in the crosstown rivalry, which is one of just two in the nation featuring FBS teams in the same city (USC and UCLA). Read
FIU’s game scheduled for Saturday at Indiana has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. The Panthers have been staying in Birmingham, Ala., since playing a neutral site game there last Friday. Read
WE’D LIKE TO LOOK BACK FOR A MOMENT
Each week, the bowl will take a look at highlights from its previous games as part of a “Top 15 Moments” package. Here’s No. 13 from the 2005 game that saw Kansas defeat Houston, 42-13. Watch
EARLY BOWL PROJECTIONS
Kyle Bonagura (ESPN)
WKU vs. Army
David M. Hale (ESPN)
Middle Tennessee vs. Army
Brett McMurphy (College Football Insider)
Marshall vs. Army
Jerry Palm (CBS Sports)
WKU vs. Army
Erick Smith (USA Today)
WKU vs. Army