2022 Armed Forces Bowl Odds

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The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is scheduled to kick off on Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET during the 2022-23 College Football Bowl Season. The game is held at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, making it one of 12 bowl stadiums to be the primary home of an FBS team (in this case, TCU). This season, the Air Force Falcons (9-3) play the Baylor Bears (6-6). Below, we’ll look at Armed Forces Bowl odds and bowl history.

Armed Forces Bowl Odds

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Baylor is a team seeing some of the most movement among bowl games. The Bears initially opened as 3.5-point favorites, a number that moved quickly through seven points to -7.5. Currently, Baylor is a favorite over Air Force.

One advantage the Falcons hold is running the triple option– an offensive system Baylor has two weeks to fully prepare their defense for. Air Force is the leading rushing team in the nation (312.9 yards per game) and is 11th in rushing plays of 20 or more yards (27). Brad Roberts leads the way with over 1,600 yards on the ground and 15 rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Haaziq Daniels is one of Air Force’s most prolific in recent history, adding seven rushing touchdowns of his own.

Defensively is where Air Force excels. They’re third in scoring (13.2 points per game) and first in points per drive starting in the opponents’ own 20 yard line. That’s due in part to the Falcons’ excellent third down defense, which ranks 11th, holding opponents to just a 30.6% conversion rate.

Long drives are the Achilles heel to this Baylor offense. Blake Shapen & Co. committed an above-average number of turnovers this season. However, the magnitude of those turnovers were typically huge, highlighted by their collapse against West Virginia earlier this year.

Baylor will be without two starting defensive backs– safety Devin Neal and corner Mark Milton– as well as all-conference caliber defensive tackle Siaki Ika.

Fan support for Baylor will be strong. Waco is just a 90-minute drive down i-35 from Amon G. Carter Stadium– a venue Baylor is very familiar with.

However, watch the weather, as temperatures are forecast to plummet with Arctic air moving down to North Texas. Expect temperatures in the low teens– record-lows for this time of year. Temperatures this low in North Texas may disrupt more than just the game, including travel and preparation.

Notable Opt Outs

Baylor: SAF Devin Neal, DL Siaki Ika, CB Mark Milton

Air Force: None

Armed Forces Bowl betting

Last year, Army won a thriller over Missouri with a walk-off field goal, 24-22. With serious questions at QB (even having tryouts the week of!), Missouri was a +7 underdog in the game and covered the spread. Brady Cook, who won the QB battle, played admirably enough to become the full-time Tigers starter in 2022. However, it was Mizzou’s game to lose heading into the fourth quarter before Army closed the gap.

The Tigers scored a TD to re-take the lead with about a minute left and subsequently failed on the two-point try. That opened the door for Army to drive the field and kick the winning field goal.

Previous Years

Missouri’s cover broke a streak of three straight favorites covering the spread; however, it didn’t break the streak of three favorites winning outright. The last underdog to win outright was Army (+7.5) in 2017 against San Diego State. Going back farther, four straight underdogs covered from 2009-12– all of which won outright– which followed a five-year streak of favorites covering.

Unders have cashed in two of the last three Armed Forces Bowl games, including the 2021 edition. From 2014-18, five straight overs hit, but from 2010-13, four straight unders cashed.

History

Below are historical results of the Armed Forces Bowl.

The first Armed Forces Bowl was played in 2017, where Louisiana Tech ran away with a win over SMU, 51-10.

Date playedWinnerScoreLoserScore
December 22, 2022Air Force30Baylor15
December 22, 2021Army24Missouri22
December 31, 2020Mississippi State2822 Tulsa26
January 4, 2020Tulane30Southern Miss13
December 22, 201822 Army70Houston14
December 23, 2017Army42San Diego State35
December 23, 2016Louisiana Tech48Navy45
December 29, 2015California55Air Force36
January 2, 2015Houston35Pittsburgh34
December 30, 2013Navy24Middle Tennessee6
December 29, 2012Rice33Air Force14
December 30, 2011BYU24Tulsa21
December 30, 2010Army16SMU14
December 31, 2009Air Force47Houston20
December 31, 2008Houston34Air Force28
December 31, 2007California42Air Force36
December 23, 2006Utah25Tulsa13
December 23, 2005Kansas42Houston13
December 23, 2004Cincinnati32Marshall14
December 23, 200318 Boise State3419 TCU31

FAQ

When is the 2022 Armed Forces Bowl?

The 2022 Armed Forces Bowl will be played on Dec. 22, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Where is the Armed Forces Bowl?

Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, hosts the Armed Forces Bowl. It’s the primary home of TCU, making it one of 12 bowl stadiums to also primarily host an FBS team.

Who is playing in the 2022 Armed Forces Bowl?

Air Force plays Baylor in this year’s 2022 Armed Forces Bowl.