There are games every college football season that make you scratch your head in how teams make the postseason. The Armed Forces Bowl would be a great example of this with two .500 teams getting together in the 6-6 Air Force Falcons and the 6-6 Rice Owls on December 29 at 11:45 a.m. Eastern Time in Fort Worth. That sounds quite mediocre on the surface to say the least.
The Falcons come in with a great option attack that is averaging nearly 330 yards a game on the ground while the Owls are much more balanced and can beat you in many different ways. The part of this game that will be the difference is each team’s rush defense as both teams give up over 190 yards rushing each game. That gives Air Force a decided advantage in this game as the Falcons can eat up clock and yardage on the ground which will make this a very short game to watch.
It is obvious that Rice must stop or at least slow the Air Force rushing attack for them to have any chance for victory in this game. I don’t see Rice being able to do that in a game that I think won’t even last three hours. I’ll take Air Force to get a 31-26 victory. There is just too much power in a rushing offense that has over 750 carries in their 12 games this season. The two teams can score points in bunches but this game will be handled by the ground forces for the Air Force.
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