The San Diego State Aztecs are NCAA football betting favorites against the Army Black Knights in the 2017 Armed Forces Bowl. As such, they hope live up to both their initials and their team name by hitting Army with a figurative Salida del Sol (SDS). On the other hand, the Knights hope to put their no-passing offense to good use, like they did against Navy to win the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. This will be Army’s first back-to-back appearance in a bowl game. the Knights had played in the postseason just once in the millennium and twice since 1989. You can tell head coach Jeff Monken isn’t Monken around.
The 2017 Armed Forces Bowl
- Date: Saturday, 23rd December
- Time: 3:35 PM
- Venue: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
Sportsbook college football wagering odds:
Army +7½ (-140) 46½ (-110) +225
San Diego State -7½ (+120) 46½ (-110) -265
Betting on the over in Army’s games has made people money lately
The Black Knights running the ball is like death and taxes. As a matter of fact the Knights threw a grand total of, wait for it, zero passes against Navy. And they won, too. The Black Knights had 13 players recognized on Phil Steele’s All-Independent teams. Ahmad Bradshaw, Darnell Woolfolk, Bryce Holland and Joshua Boylan were selected to the All-Independent First Team offense. Kell Walker, Brett Toth and Mike Houghton were named to the second team. John Voit, Alex Aukerman and James Nachtigal made the first team defense. Kenneth Brinson and James Gibson landed the second team. Nick Schrage made the second team among special teams.
The total has gone over in five of Army’s last seven games. Additionally, the Knights are 6-2 ATS in its last eight games in December, 5-2 ATS in their last seven neutral site games, and 1-5 against the NCAA football betting spread in their last 6 games against Mountain West teams.
The more SD State wins the more it covers
The Aztecs went 10-2 this season (6-2 in MW play). They will make an eighth consecutive bowl appearance, a record for the SDS football program. They won the 2015 Hawaii Bowl and the 2016 Las Vegas Bowl. Rumor has it San Diego State had its collective heart set on a Power Five opponent in a higher-ranked bowl. If true, one could hardly blame them. However, the Aztecs should be thanking their lucky stars they got invited with the 201 Armed Forces Bowl, according to Nick Canepa. There is “nothing wrong with the Armed Forces Bowl,” he says, which is actually ranked “24th among this season’s 40 bowls, ahead of Arizona, Potato, New Mexico and Hawaii” by the Sporting News.
The Aztecs have won their last four games straight. That’s good news for people gambling on college football becauseSan Diego State is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games following back-to-back wins. Also, SDS is 4-0 ATS in their last four overall, and 33-16-2 against the NCAA football betting spread in their last 51 after a win.