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Armed Forces Bowl: Army vs SMU

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Wednesday, December 30th
Dallas Texas

The Armed Forces bowl will fittingly feature the Army Black Knights against the SMU Mustangs. The latest college football odds for this bowl game have the Mustangs listed as seven point favorites with the total set at 52.

For the Black Knights or Army they just have to be happy getting an invite to a bowl game. After all it has been over 14 years since the pride of West Point played in a bowl game. If they want to succeed they will have to play well in enemy territory as this game is being played at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the SMU campus, making this basically a home game for SMU.

This game will be interesting to watch as offensively the two teams have very contrasting styles.

The Black Knights bring a traditional, grind-it-out, triple-option running game. They pound the opposition with physical play up front and use time of possession as their main weapon. The main cog in the Army running machine is Jared Hassin, who gained 931 yards with nine touchdowns on the season while averaging over five yards a carry. This is not the way SMU coach June Jones likes to run his offense.

Junes has perfected the run-n-shoot offense and likes to pass all-day long behind an explosive offense. Dual threat quarterback Kyle Padron leads the offense for the Mustangs and can throw or run. He completed 279-494 passes this season and connected on 29 touchdowns. The success of the passing game opened up the running game for Tailback Zach Line. He rushed for 1,391 yards, while scoring 10 touchdowns and picked up over six yards per carry.

The Mustangs are playing a home game and a favorite, two things that have not benefited bettors in the past. The Mustangs are 4-13-1 ATS in their last 18 games as a favorite, 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games as a home favorite, and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games as a favorite of 3.5-10.0.

The Black Knights are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games as a road underdog and will not be intimidated by the atmosphere on the road.

The Black Knights offense will dominate the line of scrimmage and keep the ball away from the Mustangs. The Knights have a real shot at winning this game outright and will benefit from the points in this bowl game.

Play on Army +7

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History and past results of the Armed Forces Bowl

Armed Forces Bowl Results
Date
Won
Pts.
Lost
Pts.
12/23/03
Boise State
34
TCU
31
12/23/04
Cincinnati
32
Marshall
14
12/23/05
Kansas
42
Houston
13
12/23/06
Utah
25
Tulsa
13
12/31/07
California
42
Air Force
36
12/31/08
Houston
34
Air Force
28
12/31/09
Air Force
47
Houston
20

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