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Armed Forces Bowl

Armed Forces Bowl

Injuries have hurt the chances of the Navy Midshipmen winning their fourth straight bowl game when they face the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in the Armed Forces Bowl. Navy quarterback Will Worth and slotback Toneo Gulley were injured on the same play in the AAC championship game, and the Middies could be hard pressed to win without them in a pick’em matchup.

Kickoff: Friday, December 23, 2016 @ 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Additional Read: Louisiana Tech vs Navy Betting

2016 Armed Forces Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Louisiana Tech+1.5
Over/UnderNot Available

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
Louisiana TechC-USA8-57-5-110-3

2016 Armed Forces Bowl Matchup

In what could be an offensive shootout, Navy will need to recover quickly here in order to compete with a high-scoring Louisiana Tech team that averages 44 points per game, ranking fifth in the country. The Middies are hoping to have ample replacements for both Worth and Gulley, who are out with season-ending ankle injuries.

Worth had set the school’s single-season record for total yards with 2,595 after replacing Tago Smith in the season opener. Smith suffered a torn ACL in a 52-16 rout of the Fordham Rams, so he will not be able to play either. That means sophomore Zach Abey will be pressed into duty in place of the two seniors.

Navy lost to the Temple Owls 34-10 as a one-point favorite in the AAC championship game, but after realizing the injury situation for the team, it’s easy to understand why. Worth led the nation with 25 rushing touchdowns as a signal-caller and totaled 1,198 yards on the ground, so he will be sorely missed.

Louisiana Tech will try to take advantage of the situation and snap a three-game bowl winning streak for the Middies while earning its own third straight bowl victory. The Bulldogs are led by senior quarterback Ryan Higgins, who has thrown for 4,208 yards (third nationally) with 37 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Despite closing out the season with two straight losses, Louisiana Tech put together a seven-game winning streak before that and went 6-1 against the spread during that stretch. So the Bulldogs should have a lot of confidence heading into the Armed Forces Bowl, especially knowing that it will likely be very difficult for the Middies to keep pace if they get off to a strong start. Meanwhile, Navy’s best chance to win will be playing better defense than its opponent and trying to control the clock with its depleted running game.

2016 Armed Forces Bowl Betting Trends
  • Louisiana Tech is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games after a loss.
  • Louisiana Tech is 4-1 ATS in its last five games in December.
  • Navy is 1-4 ATS in its last five games against Conference USA.
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of Louisiana Tech's last eight games.
  • The total has gone OVER in Navy's last four games on Friday.

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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+5.5HOUSTOHOUSTO
2015Armed Forces BowlCalifornia55Air Force36+5.5CALCAL
2016Armed Forces BowlLA Tech-Navy--1.5  
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