The Rice Owls and the Air Force Falcons are going to square off on the Armed Forces Bowl odds and betting lines. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our Armed Forces Bowl picks & predictions for football for what should be a great game on Saturday.
Armed Forces Bowl Picks: Rice Owls vs. Air Force Falcons
Date: Saturday, December 29th, 11:45 ET
Location: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
Armed Forces Bowl Betting Odds: Air Force -3
Rice vs. Air Force Live TV: ESPN
The Falcons and the Owls were both 6-6 teams this year, and neither one exactly have given us all that much of a reason to celebrate the fact that they are in a bowl game. Rice is the hometown team in this one, coming from right up the road in the Lone Star State, but the team only beat one bowl team this year, the 6-6 SMU Mustangs. Air Force had some bad losses, including games against the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels and the Army Black Knights, and the only win over a bowl team that it had came against the 7-5 Nevada Wolf Pack, another victory that doesn’t do much for us.
The big question is going to be how well Rice prepares for the triple option. It’s not a tough thing to figure out with the time to do the work on it, but in the end, it’s all about execution and doing your job. We’re just not all that sure if the Owls, who allowed 192.8 yards per game this year on the ground to rank 92nd in the nation, ultimately has that talent to do just that or not. We will say this about the Falcons, and that’s that they are usually more prolific offensively than most of the other teams that run the triple option here in bowl games. Thanks to the 1,213 yards from RB Cody Getz and the 658 yards from QB Connor Dietz this year, this team ranks second in the country in rushing at 329.2 yards per game, while at least still threatening the pass with 107.2 yards per game from Dietz.
The Rice offense has gotten going over the course of the last four games, all of which have been wins. The team has scored an average of 40.5 points per game in the last third of the season, and QB Taylor McHargue is getting the job done both with his arm and his legs. Air Force’s defense, against a bad schedule this year, allowed 401.6 yards and 28.7 points per game. At least Rice has the chance to get something done defensively by trying to defeat a basic offense the likes that it has had four weeks to study. The Falcons are probably in some trouble one way or the other on this side of the ball. That’s the tiebreaker to us. Take the points.
Rice vs. Air Force Pick: Rice Owls +3
Armed Forces Bowl Score Prediction: Rice 31 – Air Force 21