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Armed Forces Bowl

Armed Forces Bowl

Remember when California started the season 5-0 and were ranked in the Top 25? A 2-5 finish the rest of the way has washed away that memory. But can they end on a high note with a win in the Armed Forces Bowl?

Kickoff: Tuesday, December 29 @ 2:00pm ET
Location: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Additional Read: California vs Air Force Betting

2015 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Air Force+6.5

Odds at BetOnline

Team Records
Air ForceMWC8-59-49-4

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Matchup

This is a game in which the Falcons should be able to stay close. They were viewed as nearly a touchdown underdog to San Diego State in the Mountain West Conference Championship Game but covered the spread - something they did in nine of 13 games this season. This is a creative team with a diverse offense that is hard for which to prepare.

It is true that California will get three weeks to prepare for Air Force's option but even then the Golden Bears' performance on defense has not inspired much confidence. The Golden Bears have had great trouble tackling and they get worn down in second halves against any reasonably good offense. As long as the plays accumulate in the first half, the defense loses a lot of energy after halftime. We're talking about a run defense that ranked second-last in the Pac-12, giving up 203.5 yards per game, going up against a running game that churned out 321.8 yards per game, which was the third-best number in college football.

Those looking to make a case for Cal on the odds here would probably say that the bowl game could reset them, as it can and does for a lot of bowl teams. We see it all the time: a team gets healthy, finds an extra gear of motivation or just simply has more time to prepare for the opponent. Remember that Cal started the season 5-0 and did register some quality wins including San Diego State, Texas, Washington and Washington State. If they can get back to that, they'll be game in the Armed Forces Bowl.

However, when you realize that their most recent game was a 48-46 win at home over a 6-6 team in Arizona State, it is hard to think that Cal can limit Air Force enough to cover the odds. The Air Force offense is in good position to get California off-balance and continue the Golden Bears' worst and most disturbing patterns on defense. The Armed Forces Bowl is also being played in Texas with Air Force probably enjoying a larger partisan crowd and having a shorter commute.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Betting Trends
  • The total has gone under in four of the last five Armed Forces Bowls.
  • The underdog is 5-1 SU and ATS in the last six Armed Forces Bowls.
  • California is 1-5 ATS in its last six games.
  • The total has gone under in seven of California's last nine games.
  • California is 6-2 SU in its last eight games against the Mountain West.
  • Air Force is 6-2 SU in its last eight games after a loss.
  • Air Force is 5-1 ATS in its last six games in December.
  • The total has gone under in five of Air Force's last seven games after consecutive losses.

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Armed Forces Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
2003Armed Forces BowlTCU31Boise State34-10TCUBOISE
2004Armed Forces BowlMarshall14Cincinnati32-1CINCINCINCIN
2005Armed Forces BowlHouston13Kansas42-4KANSASKANSAS
2006Armed Forces BowlUtah25Tulsa13+2.5UTAHUTAH
2007Armed Forces BowlAir Force36California42-4.5CALCAL
2008Armed Forces BowlAir Force28Houston34-5.5HOUSTOHOUSTO
2009Armed Forces BowlAir Force47Houston20-4.5AIRFORAIRFOR
2010Armed Forces BowlArmy16Southern Methodist14-7ARMYARMY
2011Armed Forces BowlTulsa21BYU24+2.5BYUBYU
2012Armed Forces BowlRice33Air Force14-1.5RICERICE
2013Armed Forces BowlMiddle Tennessee6Navy24-6.5NAVYNAVY
2014Armed Forces BowlPittsburgh34Houston35+5.5HoustonHouston
2015Armed Forces BowlCalifornia-Air Force-+6.5--
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