WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Falcons are back in the Military Bowl, just not the ones usually associated with the military.
Bowling Green accepted an invitation Sunday to play No. 24 San Jose State at RFK Stadium in the nation's capital on Dec. 27.
This year's college football landscape again forced officials to stray from the Military Bowl's planned parameters of pitting a military academy against a familiar team from the East. The Air Force Falcons played in last year's game, and this year was supposed to match Army against a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference, but Army isn't bowl eligible and the ACC doesn't have enough eligible teams to fulfill its bowl tie-ins.
A pair of teams from Ohio and California will be a harder sell for the local market, but Military Bowl President Steve Beck said fans are also drawn by the game's mission of honoring servicemen and their families as well as raising money for the USO.
"We're not going to forget who we are," Beck said. "We are the Military ...