Ahead of Army’s annual rivalry clash with Navy, Army coach Jeff Monken said, “Our guys could care less about the bowl game.”
But, considering the Black Knights fell to the Midshipmen, it would be foolish to think that statement is still true. Most college football teams consider going to a bowl every year to be a real accomplishment, and winning that bowl game often turns into a celebration. Army is no different.
Despite Monken’s earlier comments, Army’s matchup with Missouri on Wednesday in the Armed Forces Bowl matters. The Black Knights would like to get the bad taste from the Navy loss out of their mouths and end the season on a high note.
“I’d like to get a victory for (the seniors),” Monken told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s going to be hard earned. We know that Missouri is going to be a really tough opponent for us.”
How To Watch
- Bowl: Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
- When: 8 p.m. EST | Wednesday, Dec. 22
- Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas
- TV: Tiffany Greene and Jay Walker will have the call for ESPN.
- Radio: Rich DeMarco and Dean Darling will have the call on the Varsity Network.
Odds via Draft Kings
- Spread: Army -6.5
- Over-Under: 55 points.
Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.
- Army and Missouri have met four times in football, but this will be their first meeting since 1982. Missouri won 23-10 that day in Columbia. The Tigers are 3-1 all-time against the Black Knights.
- This is the first time Army has faced an opponent from the SEC under Monken. The last time the Black Knights played an SEC team was in 2011, when Rich Ellerson’s side lost 44-21 at Vanderbilt. Army was supposed to play Tennessee next year, but the Vols pulled out of the game. Army will play at LSU in 2023 and has a game scheduled at Missouri for 2029.
- Army finished the regular season with 61 more yards on the ground than the top rushing attack in the SEC, Ole Miss.
- Army is 3-1 in bowl games under Monken. Two of those wins came in the Armed Forces Bowl against Houston and San Diego State.