A pair of potent rushing teams will square off on Saturday at the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas and oddsmakers have pegged the Rice Owls as 3-point underdogs against the Air Force Falcons.
The Owls (6-6), who are making their first postseason appearance in four years, won five of their last six games to qualify for a bowl appearance. Rice boasts the second most potent offense in school history, averaging 31.8 points per game and amassing 5,053 total yards (2.415 rushing yards), a mark that has only been bested by the university's 2008 squad which went 10-3.
Air Force (6-6) will be making their sixth straight bowl appearance, but do so after losing three of their last four games and ending the regular season with a 48-15 blowout at the hands of Fresno State. The Falcons offense relies heavily upon the rushing game, led by senior running back Cody Getz, who rushed for 1,213 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing two games with an ankle injury. Rice could have trouble with the Falcons triple-option attack, as they have allowed 193.2 rushing yards per game this season.
Oddsmakers are expecting a bit of a shootout and have set the over/under at 61.5.
Kickoff is slated for 10:45 a.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 29 and the game will be televised on ESPN.