The Army Black Knights take on the North Texas Mean Green on Tuesday, December 27th in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. This is the only bowl rematch of the regular season as North Texas handed Army a 35-18 home loss back on October 22nd. Kickoff inside the Cotton Bowl in Dallas is set for 12:00 EST Tuesday afternoon with ESPN providing the television coverage.
Army (7-5) ended a 14-game losing streak to Navy in the season finale with a 21-17 victory as 5.5-point underdogs. The Black Knights will now be going to their first bowl game since 2010 and just their 2nd bowl game since 1996.
North Texas (5-7) lost four of its final five games to finish under .500. The Mean Green only made a bowl because there weren’t enough teams to fill available spots, and they got in due to their academic progress rate scores. They will be going to their ninth bowl game in school history and their first since 2013.
Taking a look at the latest college football odds, I find Army as a 10-point favorite over North Texas with a total set of 49 points. Click here to get my bowl predictions on this game and all 40 games this bowl season.
The Army Black Knights just won their ‘Super Bowl’ in the season finale against Navy. They ended a 14-game losing streak to the Midshipmen in a massive upset. I think they could now care less about what happens in this bowl game, because a win here isn’t going to top what they felt after beating Navy.
The Black Knights will come into this bowl game fat and happy. Now they’re being asked to win by double-digits against a team that already beat them badly earlier this season. North Texas beat Army 35-18 as 17.5-point road dogs in their first meeting on October 22nd. While that could be reason to get Army motivated for revenge, I think the win over Navy last time out trumps the revenge factor, and this is more of a letdown spot.
The Mean Green are really excited to be here. They will be going to just their ninth bowl game in school history and first since 2013. They got in despite a 5-7 record because of their academic progress rate scores. Teams with 5-7 records last year went 3-0 SU & 3-0 ATS in bowl games.
Playing the triple-option already is a big advantage for the Mean Green because they’ll be prepared for it. And Army hasn’t done well when teams have had extra time to prepare. In fact, the Black Knights are 15-35 ATS in their last 50 games when playing with two or more weeks of rest.
Not only are the Mean Green happy to be here, this will also essentially be a home game for them as it’s played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. I expect a big game from running back Jeffery Wilson, who rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns in their first meeting with the Black Knights this year.
Playing the triple-option already is a big advantage for the Mean Green because they’ll be prepared for it. And Army hasn’t done well when teams have had extra time to prepare. In fact, the Black Knights are 15-35 ATS in their last 50 games when playing with two or more weeks of rest. The Black Knights are 6-15-1 ATS in their last 22 games following a straight up win.