Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Weekly Release: Sept. 22, 2017

TIME TO START A NEW ONE

Army (2-1) had its five-game winning streak that dated back to last season snapped Saturday in a 38-7 loss to No. 8 Ohio State. Army’s score came courtesy of a 99-yard drive, the first ever allowed by the Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium and just the second ever yielded by OSU.

 

IN THE ARMY NOW

The Black Knights are looking to become the sixth team ever to play in the Armed Forces Bowl multiple times, joining Air Force (5), Houston (4), California (2), Navy (2) and Tulsa (2). It would be the first time that Army has played in the Armed Forces Bowl game in Fort Worth, however. The Black Knights’ lone appearance came in 2010, when the game was played at SMU’s Ford Stadium due to renovations at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium. Army’s most recent trip to Fort Worth came in 2005, when the Black Knights lost to 25th-ranked TCU, 38-17.

 

WE SHOULD C-USA AGAIN

Eleven of the previous 14 Armed Forces Bowl games have featured a representative from Conference USA, beginning with hometown TCU in 2003. The others have been: Cincinnati (2004), Houston (2005), Tulsa (2006), Houston (2008), Houston (2009), SMU (2010), Tulsa (2011), Rice (2012), Middle Tennessee (2013) and Louisiana Tech (2016). C-USA’s 11 appearances are the most by any league. The Mountain West is next with six.

 

STANDING HERE ON TOP

UTSA (2-0) stands as the lone undefeated team in Conference USA through the season’s first three weeks. Five more teams--Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Old Dominion, Southern Miss and UAB--are all 2-1. LA Tech and Rice are the two 1-0 teams in C-USA play. Standings

 

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. 12 from the 2006 game when Utah iced the game with a last-minute touchdown in a 25-13 victory over Tulsa. Watch

 

THEY’VE GOT IT COVERED

Ed Miller of The Virginian-Pilot profiles Old Dominion’s Steven Williams, who at just 17 years of age is the youngest quarterback in the country. After throwing two touchdowns in relief last week he will make his first career start Saturday at 13th-ranked Virginia Tech. Read

 

Evan Dudley of Al.com previews a young UAB team’s daunting task of playing its first conference road game against a North Texas squad and discusses the lessons the team learned from playing at Ball State earlier this year. Read

 

Bret Bloomquist of the El Paso Times has the story of senior Alan Luna, UTEP’s punter. Luna was cut as a walk-on at an open tryout in 2014, but returned the following year, made the team and has become a three-year starter and  one of the top punters in Conference USA. Read

 

Sal Interdonato of the Times Herald-Record notes that Army paid a price with their effort and energy against an elite Ohio State squad, as the Black Knights suffered a number of injuries that may affect the team this week in its game at Tulane. 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 game, while five different C-USA teams earned nods, with only Middle Tennessee listed twice.

 

Kyle Bonagura (ESPN)

Middle Tennessee vs. Army

David M. Hale (ESPN)

Marshall vs. Army

Brett McMurphy (College Football Insider)

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