Originally written on rattleandhumsports.com  |  Last updated 12/29/12
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Preview ENTERTAINMENT NO COMMENTS EDIT

By Dic Humphrey

Special Contributor

Rice will play Air Force this Saturday in the 10th annual Bell Helicopter Armed Services Bowl, which returns to newly renovated Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth after a two year hiatus on the east side of the Metroplex at SMU’s Ford Stadium.

The Amon Carter renovation cost $164 million, and Saturday’s game will be the first bowl game in the venue since the renovation. It will be the fourth appearance for Air Force in the Bowl, which beat Houston in 2009, while losing to Houston and Cal in 2008 and 2007 respectively. Rice will be making its initial appearance in the Armed Services Bowl and its first bowl appearance since 2008.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company, has been the name sponsor of the Bowl since 2006. It was originally known as the Plains Capital Fort Worth Bowl in 2003 and 2004, and the Fort Worth Bowl in 2005.

Rice finished the season with four straight wins to qualify for the bowl, the 10th in school history. The Owls have a 5-4 record in previous bowl games including a 3-1 record in the Cotton Bowl. They will wear throwback uniforms to honor their 1957 team that won the Southwest Conference, but they will have specially designed helmets (as pictured on the right) for the game. The usual old English “R” logo will adorn the side of the navy blue helmet, but it will be colored with the American flag stars and stripes. The center stripe will also have the stars and stripes look as opposed to the normal white stripe.

Air Force, which is a 2-1/2 point favorite on the betting line, ranked second in the nation in rushing with a 328.8 average per game. Army at 369.8 yards per game was first. Air Force has at least one rushing touchdown in 47 consecutive games, the longest current streak among FBS schools. The Falcons will be facing Rice for the seventh time as they hold a 5-1 record in the previous six meetings.

Both Rice and Air Force have a College Football Hall of Fame inductee in this year’s class. Rice quarterback Tommy Kramer and Air Force’s Scott Thomas received the honors and brings the total inductees from these two schools to 13.

The game is scheduled to kick-off at 10:45 AM (Central), the first of five bowl games scheduled for this Saturday. ESPN will televise the game. The weather forecast for Saturday is sunny with a high of 48. The teams are already in the area, with Air Force arriving Monday and Rice on Tuesday.

 

 

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kentucky seeks one kind of history, Coach K makes another

Matt Stafford's fiancee rips newspaper over article

Craig Sager's leukemia has returned

Frozen Four: Providence earns first bid since 1985

Report: Discussions to bring NFL team to L.A. are progressing

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Chris Mullin expected to take St. John's job

Michigan State beats Louisville, punches Final Four ticket

Ex-NHL player viciously attacks opponent before game

Rick Barnes a possibility for Tennessee coaching job?

Report: NFL looking into Bill Belichick's camera ideas

Saints CB Brian Dixon arrested in Miami

Five soon-to-be NBA free agents with a lot on the line

WrestleMania 31 results: Rollins cashes in, Rousey appears

WATCH: Russell Wilson hits home run during Rangers BP

Hooked 'em: Why Texas had to fire Rick Barnes

Adam Morrison trolled fan who made JJ Redick comment

Jim Harbaugh finished fourth in student government election

WATCH: Notre Dame gets warm reception upon return home

WATCH: Kris Letang hospitalized after hit

Aaron Rodgers, sportswriter get into it over on-court access

Sam Dekker's hot shooting sends Wisconsin to Final Four

Jim McElwain complains about Florida roster

Mark Few: I put Coach K up there with John Wooden

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Full WrestleMania 31 recap and results

Why Texas had to fire Rick Barnes

Craig Sager's leukemia has returned

Report: Chris Mullin to take St. John's job

Report: NFL looking into more cameras

CC Sabathia goes off about spring stats

John Fox: Cutler will have to earn job

Texas eyeing Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall?

WATCH: Brady jumps off cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.