Armed Forces Bowl Odds

Get ready for a cat fight between the Houston Cougars and the Pittsburgh Panthers when they square off in the Armed Forces Bowl on January 2.

Houston is a lacklustre 2-6 SU in their last eight bowl games including a 41-24 loss to Vanderbilt as a 1.5-point underdog in last year’s BBVA Compass Bowl.

The Panthers got past Bowling Green 30-27 as a 6.5-point underdog in last year’s Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Despite the win Pittsburgh is still only 3-5 SU and ATS in their last eight bowl games.

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Armed Forces Bowl
Friday, January 2 @ 12:00pm ET
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

Team: Houston Cougars
Conference: AAC
Records: 7-5 SU, 6-5-1 ATS, 4-8 OU

Team: Pittsburgh Panthers
Conference: ACC
Records: 6-6 SU, 6-6 ATS, 6-5-1 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Pittsburgh -3 / 53.5 Points

[ Armed Forces Bowl Matchup Stats | Houston vs Pittsburgh Betting Preview ]

Armed Forces Bowl Betting Trends: Underdogs have covered the spread in five of the past six Armed Forces Bowls . . . UNDER is 6-2 past eight Pittsburgh bowl games . . . Houston is 8-1-1 ATS past 10 games as underdogs overall . . . Pittsburgh was 1-5 ATS, 2-4 SU past six games as favorites.

The Cougars concluded the regular season on a losing note, falling to Cincinnati 38-31 as a 7-point underdog. In their previous six games Houston was on a nice roll at 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS. This will be Houston's fourth trip to the Armed Force Bowl and first since 2008. In 2008 they defeated Air Force 34-28 as a 5.5-point favorite.

Pittsburgh turned their season around with back-to-back wins to finish off the regular season. That included an upset of Miami as a 10.5-point underdog and a cover versus Syracuse as 7-point chalk. Before picking up the much-needed pair of wins the Panthers were 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games. Totals bettors who were keeping a close eye on Pittsburgh would have noticed they went 4-1 OVER in their last five games.

Armed Forces Bowl History (teams, score, spread, ATS winner, SU winner)

2003 Armed Forces Bowl TCU 31 Boise State 34 -10 TCU BOISE
2004 Armed Forces Bowl Marshall 14 Cincinnati 32 -1 CINCIN CINCIN
2005 Armed Forces Bowl Houston 13 Kansas 42 -4 KANSAS KANSAS
2006 Armed Forces Bowl Utah 25 Tulsa 13 2.5 UTAH UTAH
2007 Armed Forces Bowl Air Force 36 California 42 -4.5 CAL CAL
2008 Armed Forces Bowl Air Force 28 Houston 34 -5.5 HOUSTO HOUSTO
2009 Armed Forces Bowl Air Force 47 Houston 20 -4.5 AIRFOR AIRFOR
2010 Armed Forces Bowl Army 16 Southern Methodist 14 -7 ARMY ARMY
2011 Armed Forces Bowl Tulsa 21 BYU 24 2.5 BYU BYU
2012 Armed Forces Bowl Rice 33 Air Force 14 -1.5 RICE RICE
2013 Armed Forces Bowl Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 -6.5 NAVY NAVY
2014 Armed Forces Bowl Houston   Pittsburgh        

 

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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders gained a berth in the Armed Forces Bowl with a 48-17 victory over UTEP, earning them a tie for second in the East Division of Conference USA. They will face the Navy Midshipmen, who are making their first Armed Forces Bowl appearance. Here's a look at the bowl matchup, with the contest taking place on December 30 in Fort Worth.

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Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Monday, December 30 @ 11:45am ET
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

Team: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Conference: Conference USA
Records: 6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS, 4-8 OU

Team: Navy Midshipmen
Conference: Independent
Records: 9-2 SU, 6-5 ATS, 6-5 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Navy Midshipmen -6 / ??? Points

[Armed Forces Bowl Matchup Stats | Middle Tennessee vs. Navy Betting Preview]

Armed Forces Bowl Betting Trends: Underdogs have covered the spread in the last five Armed Forces Bowls . . . The OVER is 7-3 in Navy’s last 10 bowl games . . . Navy was also 5-1 ATS in their last six games in 2013 . . . Middle Tennessee is 1-6 ATS in their seven games away from home.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders put a five-game winning streak SU on the line when they face the Navy Midshipmen in the Armed Forces Bowl. The Blue Raiders have scored 40+ points on four occasions during the streak, but are only 3-2 ATS. Indeed, while Middle Tennessee have posted an 8-4 SU record, they are just 5-7 ATS, 1-5 ATS away from home. But one thing the Blue Raiders have done well lately is move the ball. They have gained 550+ total yards in three of their last five, after being outgained in six of their first seven games. The Navy Midshipmen are coming off a big 34-7 win in the annual Army-Navy Game, in which they were 13-point favorites. It was Navy’s fourth consecutive victory SU and third straight ATS. The Midshipmen have confounded the oddsmakers at times this season, posting a respectable 3-3 record SU as underdogs, 5-1 ATS, but they are 3-4 ATS when favored.

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The Air Force Falcons were a team to avoid during the regular season on the college football betting lines at just 3-9 ATS over their 12 games, so will they be able to pay off as a favorite against the Rice Owls in the Armed Forces Bowl on December 29?

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Armed Forces Bowl
Saturday, December 29 @ 11:45am ET
Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas

Team: Rice Owls
Conference: Conference USA
Records: 6-6 SU, 7-4-1 ATS, 6-6 OU

Team: Air Force Falcons
Conference: Mountain West
Records: 6-6 SU, 3-9 ATS, 4-6-1 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
Air Force -1.5 / 62 Points

[Armed Forces Bowl Matchup Stats]

Armed Forces Bowl Betting Trends: Air Force is 7-2 ATS in past nine bowl games . . . Underdogs have covered past four Armed Forces Bowls.

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Both Tulsa and BYU enter the Armed Forces Bowl having won in four of their last five bowl appearances. Only one can improve to 5-1 over their last six.

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Armed Forces Bowl
Friday, December 30 @ 12:00pm ET
Gerald Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas

Team: BYU Cougars
Conference: Independent
Records: 9-3 SU, 8-4 ATS, 6-5-1 OU

Team: Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Conference: Conference USA
Records: 8-4 SU, 7-5 ATS, 4-8 OU

Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
BYU -2.5 / 55.5 Points

[Armed Forces Bowl Matchup Stats]

Both coming in off respectable seasons, the BYU Cougars will take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the Armed Forces Bowl. Each team is 4-1 SU in its last five bowl appearances. [ Huge free-bet bonus with the newest name and the oldest sportsbook - Bovada ]

After starting the season off 1-3 SU (2-2 ATS), Tulsa won seven straight games (5-2 ATS) before losing in its regular season finale to Houston. All four of Tulsa’s losses came against teams that were ranked No. 8 or higher in the AP Top 25 when they played Tulsa. BYU enjoyed success in its first season as an independent, finishing the year 8-1 SU after starting it 1-2 SU. The Cougars covered the spread in each of their final six games.

Part of the reason for BYU’s strong finish was the switch from Jake Heaps to Riley Nelson at quarterback. Nelson lost only one game and finished the year with 1,467 passing yards and 16 touchdowns to just five interceptions.

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The SMU Mustangs are headed to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in over 25 years, and led by one of the nation’s best quarterbacks in Kyle Padron it’s no wonder sportsbooks unanimously have them as 7-point favorites on NCAAF odds against the Army Black Knights.

Armed Forces Bowl
Gerald Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas
Thursday, December 30 @ 12:00pm ET

Team: Army Black Knights
Conference: Independent
Records: 6-6 SU, 5-4 ATS, 8-1 OU

Team: Southern Methodist Mustangs
Conference: Conference USA
Records: 7-6 SU, 6-7 ATS, 6-7 OU

Spread / Total (from Sportsbook.ag)
SMU -7 / 52 Points

[Armed Forces Bowl Matchup Stats]

Padron threw for 3,526 yards and 29 touchdowns, and that should draw lots of attention from SMU believers in the college football betting lines for this bowl game. With Aldrick Robinson catching 13 TD passes and racking up 1,225 yards receiving it’s hard not to see why the Armed Forces Bowl odds are stacked against Army, who made tremendous strides this season.

SMU is even deeper than Padron and Robinson, with Cole Beasley picking up a team-leading 84 catches for 1,036 yards and six TDs. Running back Zach Line collected 1,391 yards on the ground, which is good enough for third all-time behind the legendary Eric Dickerson.

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The way the Mustangs offense stacks up against the Army it could give totals bettors something to chew on – especially when the Army had eight games make winners of OVER bettors.

The Black Knights are glad to be back in their first bowl game in 14 years. It will already be a tough feat for them to get past the Mustangs, but on home soil it could almost be impossible.

Fullback Jared Hassin struggled in Army’s last three games, but they will need his regular 100-plus rushing yards if they are to keep this game close enough that they could pull off the upset. Quarterback Trent Steelman was the team's leading rusher with 694 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Army possesses a team that was 10th nationally in rushing offense with 256 yards per game, although they fell below 230 yards total in their last three regular season contests.