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Armed Forces Bowl Preview


Full name: Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl

Match up: C-USA (alternating with Pac10) vs Mountain West

Teams: Tulsa vs Utah

Location: Fort Worth, TX

Date/Time: Saturday, December 23, 2006 - 7:00 p.m. (central) on ESPN

Venue: Amon G. Carter Stadium

Years in existence: This is the first Armed Forces Bowl, though it had been played as The Fort Worth Bowl from 2003-2005

Per Team Payout: $600,000


Todd:  I'm pulling for Tulsa here, because I hope we land Kragthorpe as the next head coach at Alabama and if we're really waiting 'til after bowl season to talk to some college coaches a win here would help his cause.  Besides that, it also looks like Tulsa is the team to beat.  The Golden Hurricane is sitting at 8-4 with their four losses coming against three bowl teams (BYU, C-USA champion Houston, and Rice) and one against a 6-6 SMU, while they have quality wins over bowl teams Navy, Southern Miss (C-USA eastern division champions), and East Carolina.  Utah, on the other hand, is sitting at 7-5 with only one quality win (TCU).  Losing to Wyoming and New Mexico, two teams it wound up ahead of in the Mountain West also doesn't help their cause.  For a much better breakdown of each team's chances, visit the Utah blog Block U.

Nico: For some unknown reason, I just don't like Tulsa. Also, I liked the whole "Utah as BCS buster" story from a few years ago. Additionally, I really like the folks over at Block U.

Irrational Bama Fan: Urban Meyer came from Utah!  Boo Utes! Dave Rader came from Tulsa. Go Utes!