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SPOOKY EXPRESS BOWLING FOR DOLLARS SELECTION AND ANALYSIS THREAD Armed Forces Bowl
BYU vs. Tulsa
Friday, Dec. 30, 12:00 pm
BYU and Tulsa will meet in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Dallas on December 30th at 12 PM Eastern Time. It is easily the earliest start time of any of the four bowl games being played that day. In fact, it will only be 10 AM in the Cougars' home town of Provo, Utah when the game starts. Don't let the time or date of the game fool you, this is one of the better bowl matchups of this postseason. BYU is 9-3 and has been in the "others receiving votes" category of the past several polls. Tulsa is 8-4, with its only losses coming to teams that were ranked in the top 10 at the time Tulsa played them. Both teams are borderline top 25 teams, and whoever wins this game will most likely end the season ranked. That alone should be enough to get fans excited about this game.
Both Tulsa and BYU are private religious schools who have built solid programs in non-AQ conferences. BYU is much larger than Tulsa and has a much more prestigious football history, but the two schools have not been all that far apart competitively in the last decade or so. That competitive balance should make the Armed Forces Bowl an entertaining game that Spooky can be excited about.
BYU and Tulsa are also two similar teams, and are fairly well-matched. They both beat the teams they were supposed to beat and lost to the teams that they were predicted to lose to. The two teams also have similar offenses. Both were formerly known as pass-happy offenses that ran up the score through the air. Now both have balanced offenses. While Tulsa may seem to have the advantage on offense, the BYU defense eliminates any gap between the two teams. The Cougars rank in the top 25 in most defensive categories, including being 23rd nationally in scoring defense. BYU will win this game by double digits and although it should be relatively close a late score will put this game over the top for BYU. Will come back closer to kick off with any thoughts on the total or update on the game.