Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Betting Preview: Tulsa Golden Hurricanes vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs – Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020

The 2020 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will take place on Thursday, December 31, 2020 and will feature the Tulsa Golden HUrricanes and the Mississippi State Bulldogs!

The Armed Forces Bowl is being played at the Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas with the kickoff scheduled to take place at 12:00 PM ET on ESPN.

Armed Forces Bowl History

The Armed Forces Bowl will be in its 18th year as a bowl game and this year, sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

The following are the previous Armed Forces Bowl game history:

  • December 23, 2003 Boise State 34 TCU 31
  • December 23, 2004 Cincinnati 32 Marshall 14
  • December 23, 2005 Kansas 42 Houston 13
  • December 23, 2006 Utah 25 Tulsa 13
  • December 31, 2007 California 42 Air Force 36
  • December 31, 2008 Houston 34 Air Force 28
  • December 31, 2009 Air Force 47 Houston 20
  • December 30, 2010 Army 16 SMU 14
  • December 30, 2011 BYU 24 Tulsa 21
  • December 29, 2012 Rice 33 Air Force 14
  • December 30, 2013 Navy 24 Middle Tennessee 6
  • January 2, 2015 Houston 35 Pittsburgh 34
  • December 29, 2015 California 55 Air Force 36
  • December 23, 2016 Louisiana Tech 48 Navy 45
  • December 23, 2017 Army 42 San Diego State 35
  • December 22, 2018 Army 70 Houston 14
  • December 31, 2020 Tulane 30 Southern Miss 13

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the Mississippi State Bulldogs will compete in this year’s Lockheed Martin Armed Forces bowl game. Both teams are at different points of the season, so it will definitely be an interesting betting opportunity.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (6-2)

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are coming off of a very close 27-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats. A win against them would have greatly propelled this team moving into next season.

They average 27.3 points per game and give up only 20.8. For total yards, they average 401.3 and stop teams to 340.8 each game.

On offense, they have a balanced attack but mainly lead in passing yards with 241 a game. On defense, they do a solid job holding teams by an average of 146 rushing yards a game.

Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-7)

The Mississippi State Bulldogs are attempting to come out of a rough stretch. Over their last five games, the Bulldogs have gone 2-3 with those three losses being consecutive.

They average 20.7 points per game while allowing 28.3. For total yards, they put up 347.1 but give up 380.3. This is a good indicator as to why they have struggled in recent performances especially offensively.

On offense they ultimately rely on passing, as they average 311.1 out of their total 347.1. On defense, they stop teams from rushing on average to 125.3 yards a game.

Odds For This Event

The market has this one appearing very close. For the spread, BetOnline has the odds currently placed at:

Tulsa: -2.5 (-115)

Mississippi State: +2.5 (-105)

*odds are subject to changes

Free Betting Pick

Both teams are looking to have a solid win to carry over to next season. Tulsa has shown a lot of positives throughout the year while Mississippi State has struggled to find a balance.

Mississippi State has not put up the numbers necessary to take care of better teams. In no way has both their offense and defense carried them far.

They were able to rebound with a win in the last game, but you still have to wonder which team is going to show up. Most likely, the team that has struggled all year to find consistency.

Tulsa on the other hand has had a great year. Despite tough losses, and even one to an undefeated Cincinnati team, they have made great progress. The 24th ranked team in the nation will look to capitalize on Mississippi State’s weaknesses and take care of them promptly.

That being said, this year more than any other, you must be careful with playing these games where the games are not being played for several days away due to good ole Covid-19. The fact is, we handicap these games on the basis of the information that we have at the time of publication however players get hurt in practice, players decide not to play in the bowl game and there is also a motivational factor that we need to figure out, and of course, this year we have Covid-19. We will be studying this game and reviewing the numbers several times leading up to the game.

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