On Friday, the 9th, Armed Forces Bowl will take place at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, TX. This Bowl game has been played at Ford Stadium the past two seasons due to renovations at Amon G. Carter stadium in Fort Worth, TX, which held the game for the previous 7 seasons. While this may not be one of the top tier bowl games, it has enjoyed teams like Army, Air Force, TCU, Boise State, Houston, SMU and even Tulsa. Just the name alone makes you proud to be an American. So, there have been some good teams compete in this game in years past. Let’s hope this year is like last year’s game, and then hold on to your seats. It will be like riding in a jet fighter.
This is going to be the 8th meeting between the University of Tulsa and BYU. The Cougars hold a 6-1 series edge over the Golden Hurricane and the Hurricane’s lone win came in 2007 when Tulsa defeated BYU 55-47. The two schools have combined to average 73.3 points per contest in the previous seven meetings. So, hold on to your hat, this one could be a track meet.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will be making their 18th Bowl game in school history with this trip to the Armed Forces Bowl. The Hurricane has an overall 8-9 record in Bowl games. Needless to say they are an exciting and competitive team. This is Tulsa’s second trip to the Armed Forces Bowl, which was against a Utah based school – the Utah Utes in 2006. The Hurricane lost that game 25-13.
While their last appearance in this game wasn’t a success, this team has a shot to walk out of Dallas with this victory. This is also Tulsa’s seventh bowl game in the last nine years – so Tulsa has built a winning style program. Under first year coach Bill Blankenship, the Golden Hurricane are hoping to end 2011 with a “W” and build towards a solid 2012 campaign. If Tulsa can find a way to win this game, then they will be an early favorite for the Conference USA championship next year.
The BYU Cougars are coming off their first full season as an independent and also looking to get their 5th 10 win season under coach Bronco Mendenhall. BYU is 4-2 under Mendenhall in Bowl Games and he is one of four coaches to advance to a Bowl in each of his first seven seasons. BYU is also playing an Oklahoma based school for the fourth time in a Bowl game.
The Armed Forces Bowl will be BYU’s 30th bowl appearance in school history and is part of a string of seven straight bowl appearances. The Cougars have long held the distinction of being the program with the most married players on the team. So expect this BYU team to travel well and help fill up Ford Stadium. BYU has a long tradition of being a winning program and expect to continue the tradition with their game in Dallas.
It doesn’t matter if you have a rooting interest, or just looking for an exciting game to watch. This game will fulfill the desire and keep you on the edge of your seat. It wouldn’t surprise me to see this game set a scoring record for the Bowl. Either way, yours truly will be in attendance and tweeting from the press box. I cordially invite you to please feel free to give me a follow @kodysportskornr and let me pass along items that may not be seen or heard on TV.
God bless America and God bless our heroes in uniform. I’m looking forward to being there.