College Football: Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
LTU vs. NAVY
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8-5) at #25 Navy Midshipmen (9-4)
December 23- 4:30 PM ET (TV ESPN) Amon G Carter Stadium, Forth Worth, TX
Seeking to end their season on a high note, the injury riddled Navy Midshipmen with their No. 25 ranking will go into the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Friday afternoon against the upset-minded Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in a matchup that has the following betting lines;
Best Bulldogs Lines: BetOnline Spread (-6.5) ML -260
Best Midshipman Lines: MyBookie Spread (+7) ML +230
Over/Under: XBet 68.0
With two lost quarterbacks along with both co-captains which lead to a late season slump, the Midshipmen will head into this bowl clash with their hands full against the high-flying offense of the Bulldogs, who will be out to rebound from two straight defeats to end their regular-season.
Out of the American Athletic Conference, the Midshipmen (9-4) were on a roll most of the season but fell victim to the injury bug, including losing starting QB Will Worth and slotback Toneo Gulley in the AAC championship in a 34-10 defeat to Temple. And with the injury to Worth, the quarterback duties fell on the arms of sophomore Zach Abey, who was unable to lead one of the nation’s most powerful attacks past Army in the season finale in a 21-17 defeat.
However, not all is lost if the Midshipmen can rebound and get past the Bulldogs for the bowl win which will result in consecutive 10-win seasons; a first in school history.
For Louisiana Tech (8-5) out of Conference USA, after a rough start to the season, they went on a seven game win streak before losing to Southern Mississippi in the regular-season finale and then to Western Kentucky in the championship game.
This matchup will pit the running game of the Midshipmen behind fullbacks Shawn White and Chris High, who help Navy average 310.9 rushing yards per game going up against the throwing arm of fifth-year senior Ryan Higgins, who was third in the nation with 4,208 yards passing. Higgins threw for 37 touchdowns to just eight picks as he helped guide the Bulldogs to 44.0 points per game.
Higgins will be backed by receivers Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson as well as RB Jarred Craft and his 1,011 yards with nine touchdowns.
Will the Midshipmen with their powerful running game be able to keep the chains moving to keep the quick strike offense of the Bulldogs off the field long enough to pile on enough points or will the Louisiana Tech offense be too much to overcome? Going to the experts, BetOnline is favoring LTU (-6.5) points over NAVY, while MyBookie is giving the underdog Midshipmen (+7) points.
XBet delivers the over/under at 68.0 total game points scored. Staying with the favorites and what their able to accomplish on offense, I will favor the Bulldogs MINUS the points (-6.5) over Navy for the bowl win as my betting pick.