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Armed Forces Bowl Betting Predictions – Air Force Stands Tall

Posted by Blake Frazier on 12/13/2012 6:12:18 PM

Rice Owls @ Air Force Falcons – Saturday December 29, 2012 11:45AM EST

What a long, strange trip it has been for the Rice Owls. The online sports betting experts didn’t see anything special with the Owls when the season started, and the team turned out to be perfectly average. It finished the season with a 4-4 record in Conference USA and a 6-6 overall record. The one trend that Rice did establish is that when it won, it usually won big. When it lost, the score was generally close. This was a decent Rice team that probably performed beyond expectations this season. Now it is time to see what the team will do in a bowl game.

The Air Force Falcons has always been a proud football program. The online betting crowd suspects that it was pride which pushed the Falcons to a few of its wins this year. While pride is a romantic notion, most people feel that it was a solid running game that helped the Air Force to attain its 6-6 record. In terms of pure numbers, the Air Force had the third best running game in the country. Regardless of what your defense does, if you can hold on to the ball with the running game, then you will post some wins in college football.

Why Rice Will Win

Rice ended the season with four consecutive wins and it scored a lot of points in the process. But the online sports books are quick to point out that the Owls also gave up a lot of points in those games as well. The Armed Forces Bowl threatens to exploit Rice’s weakness against the running game. If the Owls can find a way to shut down the Air Force ground attack, then that is the key to Rice winning this game. It will be interesting to see how Rice handles the challenge.

Why Air Force Will Win

The Air Force Falcons will win this game simply because it has a running game that will keep the ball away from the Rice offense. Time of possession will be huge in this game, and the Falcons will be able to dominate the clock because of Rice’s inability to stop the run. The Falcons will compound the problems by going to the air once the ground game has been established. The key to this game for Air Force is to keep the ball away from the Rice offense. That should not be a problem for the Air Force running game.

The Bottom Line

This will be a low scoring game with a lot of penalties. But it is the kind of game the Air Force needs to play if it wants to win. The Falcons will grind this one out and keep the Owls off the field and off the scoreboard.

Pick: Air Force

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