Looking Ahead to a Bowl

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

After looking at the bowl list for the last week I think I finally have a clearer perspective of where Army ends up and why.

Army will take the Armed Forces Bowl in lieu of a Mountain West team (MWC #3 or #4). The way it looks, the MWC has 5 bowl bids and only 5 bowl eligible teams. Due to the very likely scenario that TCU wins out and goes to the BCS Army will be slid into the Armed Forced Bowl in Dallas. So if you were looking for a reason to cheer for the Horned Frogs now's your chance.

Sal has his thoughts on Army's bowl, and eliminates the New Mexico Bowl as a destination for Army.

I’ve been told there’s no way Army plays in the New Mexico Bowl because it is owned or ran by the same people, who are involved in the Armed Forces Bowl. They will do everything in their power to have Army play in Dallas than Albuquerque.

Bleacher Report likewise has Army @ SMU.

 SI.com lists Army in the Armed Forces Bowl vs. UCF.

Phil Steele has Army vs. East Carolina in the Armed Forces Bowl.

USA Today is having trouble picturing Army in a Bowl, yet still has the WMC not filling their bowls.

New Mexico: Fresno State vs. Miami (Ohio)*
Teams with asterisk fill spots due to conferences not meeting allotment of teams.

That scenario just doesn't make sense, and looking at some of these scenarios the possibilities for Army to go bowling look far greater than the chances for Army to stay home for the holidays.

Of course, we've got to pull for TCU to beat New Mexico and play in a BCS game. Easy enough, since I don't really think the Frogs need any help with that task.

Army's future bowl eligibility isn't quite so murky as the Black Knights have direct bowl tie-ins for the next three years.

Starting next fall, Army has secured primary bowl tie-ins for each of the next three seasons. If bowl eligible, the Black Knights will participate in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in 2011, the Military Bowl in 2012 and the Poinsettia Bowl in 2013.

Good to know, but talking about this year's bowl is getting a little bit ahead of ourselves - bids for the next three years are nice to have in the back pocket, but are totally useless now.




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