Now that we have our matchup, it is time to start making some Armed Forces Bowl betting predictions. The Tulane Green Wave out of the American Athletic Conference will take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles out of Conference USA. Kickoff is set for 11:30 am ET on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.
Tulane finished the season by losing five of its final six games to end with a record of 6-6. Southern Miss will also be looking to turn things around after losing its final two regular-season games, as it finished the season with a 7-5 record.
The Armed Forces Bowl betting spread has the Green Wave as 6.5-point favorites over Southern Miss.
Armed Forces Bowl Picks
Here is a quick breakdown of how each team stacks up before we deliver our Armed Forces Bowl betting pick.
The Green Wave wants to run the football, and they have a number of different players who will carry the ball. Tulane averaged just shy of 250 rushing yards per game, which helped it score more than 33 points per game this season.
Quarterback Justin McMillan led the team with 704 rushing yards and also threw for over 2,200 yards this season. Defense has been a major problem for Tulane, especially of late. The Green Wave gave up at least 26 points in each of their last six games. This was a big reason for their late-season skid.
Southern Miss will counter with one of the best run defenses in the country. However, it has been put together against Conference USA competition. The Golden Eagles still gave up more than 25 points per game this season, and their secondary has been an issue at times.
Quarterback Jack Abraham is the key for this team, and he threw for over 3,300 yards during the regular season. The Golden Eagles only averaged 27 points per game. And they will need to find offense if they want to pull off this upset.
Armed Forces Bowl Betting Prediction and Pick: Tulane wants to run it, but Southern Miss can defend the run. This is going to be a tight game throughout, and 6.5 points is just too much of a spread. Take the +6.5 points and bet on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in the 2020 Armed Forces Bowl.
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Armed Forces Bowl History & Facts
Lockheed Martin has been the title sponsor of the Armed Forces Bowl since 2014. However, the game has been played annually since 2003. This game is produced and nationally televised by ESPN and has an annual payout of $675,000.
There are a number of different conferences that are tied to this game, and both Army and Navy have made an appearance as well. The Armed Forces Bowl has been played at Amon G. Carter Stadium since 2011.
The 2003 inaugural game was the first and only time that this game has featured a matchup of ranked opponents. No. 18 Boise State knocked off No. 19 TCU by a score of 34-31 to get this bowl off and running.
Last year, Army set a number of records with its 70-14 victory over Houston. Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff was named the MVP of this game in 2015 as a member of the California Golden Bears.