WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 28: Bernard Reedy #11 of the Toledo Rockets rushes for a touchdown after catching a pass in front of Jamil Cooks #46 of the Air Force Falcons during the second half of the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium on December 28, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

2011 Military Bowl: Toledo Escapes Air Force 42-41

The Military Bowl promised lots of offense, and lots of offense was what we got. Toledo ultimately came away with a thrilling 42-41 win over Air Force.

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Toledo Vs. Air Force, 2011 Military Bowl: Recap And Score

The Toledo Rockets won the 2011 Military Bowl 42-41 over the Air Force after the Academy tried to convert a two point conversion that would have given them a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter.

There were a a few stars of this game for Toledo. Eric Page, as he has done all year, was a consistent threat catching the ball. He had 13 receptions and threw in a 87-yard kickoff return for good measure. Bernard Reedy was actually rhe most effective receiver, hauling in four passes for 126 yards and a remarkable 3 touchdowns, including the go ahead score late in the game. Here is some reaction from our Mac blog Hustle Belt.

The win ushers in the Matt Campbell era on the right foot, even if that foot was nice and comfortable in the press box (For the record, Campbell said he stayed in the booth because that's where he was all year, and didn't want to change too much for the players. Hell, it worked, didn't it?). It also improves Toledo to a 9-3 all-time bowl record, and it gives the MAC their third bowl win. We'll have to wait until January to see if Northern Illinois can make it four.

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Toledo Vs. Air Force, 2011 Military Bowl Video Highlights

As has become the expectation whenever the Toledo Rockets takes the field, the Military Bowl was a high scoring affair that ended in dramatic fashion. Thanks to a botched two point attempt by the Air Force with about a minute left in the game, Toledo was able to win the Military Bowl by a final score of 42-41. Here are the highlights.

It looks like Air Force had the opportunity to score on that play, if only they were able to execute the pitch. It takes a pretty confident coach to make that kind of call (or one who as lost confidence in his defense's ability to stop the other team) but that's a call that could haunt a lot of these Air Force players for the entire off season.

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Military Bowl 2011 Final Score: Toledo Escapes Air Force 42-41 After Failed Two Point Try

In a bowl game start started with a flurry of action and points, it ended in just as exciting fashion. The Toledo Rockets and Air Force Falcons entered the fourth quarter tied 35-35 and as the final quarter progressed, the game looked destined for overtime. Late in the fourth quarter, Terrance Owens connected with Bernard Reedy on the sideline. Reedy broke a tackle and then turned on the jets cutting up field for the 33-yard touchdown catch, putting Toledo up 42-35.

Air Force once again began to battle back from a deficit, driving down the field after picking up another turnover. On fourth and two with just under a minute left in the game, Tim Jefferson connected with Zack Kauth for a 33-yard touchdown. On the play action, Kauth got behind the defense as the Toledo defensive back fell down for the easy score. Instead of playing for overtime, Air Force went for the fake extra point and nearly had it. The holder picked up the ball and ran off tackle only to have the ball knocked out and bounce out of bounds. Had the holder not fumbled, Air Force would have gotten the two-point conversion and the lead.

After a failed onside kick, Toledo walks away with the 2011 Military Bowl trophy.

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Military Bowl 2011 Score Update: Toledo And Air Force Tied 35-35

After leaving halftime tied in the 2011 Military Bowl, the Toledo Rockets and Air Force Falcons end the third quarter still tied. The Toledo offense however has been slowed down quite a bit by the Air Force defense, but luckily to Toledo defense was able to pick up some of the scoring slack. Jermaine Robinson picked off Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson Jr., returning the ball 37-yards for a touchdown to put Toledo up 35-28.

Air Force has battle back from each deficit in the game however, and the third quarter would be no different. Air Force picked up nice field position after a 26-yard punt return by Jonathan Lee, putting the Falcons at midfield. It took just seven plays for Air Force get in the endzone on the legs of Mike DeWitt once again, this time from two yards out to tie the game at 35-35.

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Military Bowl 2011 Score Update: Toledo And Air Force Tied At 28 At Halftime

After a frantic first quarter that saw a combined 38 points score, Toledo leading Air Force 21-14, the second quarter calmed down quite a bit. It took over five minutes for the first score in the game to occur, with Air Force tying the game at 21-21 thanks to an Asher Clark touchdown run. On the drive, Air Force went down the field in 12 plays taking over five minutes off the clock.

It didn't take too long for Toledo to answer however, as quarterback Terrance Owens connected with Benard Reedy on a bullet down the middle of the field splitting the safeties for a 48-yard touchdown to take a 28-21 lead. After forcing a turnover however, Air Force was able to go right down the field and tie up the game. Quarterback Tim Jefferson Jr. connected with Jonathan Warzeka for a 37-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 28-28.

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Military Bowl 2011 Score Update: Toledo Leads Air Force, 21-14, After First Quarter

The match up between the Toledo Rockets and the Air Force Falcons on paper looked to be a high scoring affair and after the first quarter they certainly did not disappoint, combining for 38 total points in just 15 minutes of play. Air Force was able to stop Toledo on their opening drive, limiting to a field goal but the Rockets missed it wide left. After a 15-yard punt by Air Force on their next drive, Toledo got the ball back and went right down the field for the score.

Toledo scored 14 unanswered points thanks to a Terrance Owens touchdown pass to a wide open Bernard Reedy in the endzone, followed up by a 41-yard touchdown run by Adonis Thomas. Air Force wouldn't back down however, as quarterback Tim Jefferson Jr. took off on third and long for a 22-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 14-7.

Toledo was quick to respond to the score however when Eric Page returned the kickoff for 87 yards and a touchdown to put the Rockets up 21-7. On Air Force's next drive however, Jonathan Warzeka took an option pitch 60 yards down to the 3-yard line where Mike DeWitt punched the ball in for the score, as Air Force trails Toledo 21-14 entering the second quarter.

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Toledo Vs. Air Force, 2011 Military Bowl Preview: Expect Offense, MACtion

Two of college football's top offenses will be on display on Wednesday when Toledo takes on Air Force in the 2011 Military Bowl from RFK Stadium at 4:30 p.m. The game, which will be televised on ESPN, is expected to be an offensive shootout between two offenses that get it done in many different ways.

As Matt Dollinger noted in his Sports Illustrated game preview:

Two of the country's best offenses will meet in the Military Bowl, but they couldn't contrast any more starkly. Air Force employs college football's version of a knuckleball pitcher: a triple-option attack that churns out a staggering 320.2 rushing yards per game, the second most in the nation. Meanwhile, Toledo utilizes an explosive spread offense that put up 42.2 points per game (eighth in the FBS) and can score from anywhere on the field.

In addition, both teams struggle defensively, with Air Force giving up an average of 39.4 points per game in its losses and Toledo giving up an average of 30 points per game all season. Dollinger predicts a 45-38 Toledo win, which gives you an idea how high-scoring this game should be.


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Toledo Vs. Air Force, 2011 Military Bowl: Time, Location, History And More

Game day is finally here, as the Military Bowl is set to kick off Wednesday in DC. Toledo and Air Force will bring their high-powered offenses to town, hoping to put on a show for the crowd at RFK.

After losing head coach Tim Beckman to Illinois, the Toledo Rockets enter the game led by new head coach Matt Campbell. The 32 year-old was given the reins on a interim basis for only a few short days before he was given the job full time. He will lead a Rockets team that boasts a two-quarterback attack and one of the most prolific offenses in the country.

Air Force is led by Troy Calhoun, the run-happy coach of this year's Commander-In-Chief's Trophy recipients. They average more than 320 yards per game on the ground - the second highest mark in the country. Both these offenses are ranked in the top twenty in the country.

Everybody's favorite Maryland grad, Pam Ward, will have the call with Dan Hawkins this afternoon on ESPN.

Game date, time: 4:30 pm ET, Wednesday, December 28

Location: RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

TV channel: ESPN

2010 winner and loser: Maryland 51 - East Carolina 20

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Military Bowl 2011, Toledo Vs. Air Force: Matt Campbell To Coach Toledo From Press Box

Matt Campbell became the youngest coach earlier in December when he took over the Toledo Rockets following the departure of Tim Beckman, who accepted the Illinois Fighting Illini's head-coaching position. The former offensive coordinator will coach Toledo against the Air Force Falcons in the 2011 Military Bowl on Wednesday, but will do so from the press box, reports Frank Schwab of the Colorado Springs Gazette. "[Campbell] wants as little change as possible," Schwab says.

Campbell is accustomed to coaching from the press box, having served as the Rockets' offensive coordinator since 2010. Prior to that, he coordinated their running game and offensive line. His coaching career began in 2004 as the Mount Union Purple Raiders' offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

The 2011 Military Bowl is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 4:30 PM. ESPN and ESPN3.com will provide television coverage.

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Military Bowl 2011: Toledo Names Four Seniors As Captains

The Toledo Rockets have named their captains for the 2011 Military Bowl against the Air Force Falcons, reports Zach Silka of the Toledo Blade. As they've done for each of the last two seasons, the Rockets vote on their team captains on a weekly basis "to reward hard work and dedication in practice."

The four players they chose to serve as captain in the Military Bowl are defensive end Jonathan Lamb, cornerback Desmond Marrow, running back Adonis Thomas, and offensive lineman Mike VanDerMeulen. Each is a senior, because, as Sila explains, the team wanted to pay "tribute" to them in their final game at the collegiate level.

"You couldn't have picked four better guys to be captains for this football team," said Toledo coach Matt Camp.

The 2011 Military Bowl is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec.28, at 4:30 PM. ESPN and ESPN3.com will provide television coverage.

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Military Bowl 2011: Toledo Coach Looking Forward To Trip

As Toledo prepares to take on Air Force in the Military Bowl at Washington's Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium on Dec. 28, Rockets coach Matt Campbell hopes the trip can be a learning opportunity for members of his squad according to Zach Silka of the Toledo Blade.

"The best thing is, we have a great opportunity for our kids to learn about history and learn about the United States," Campbell said. "We're going to have a chance to get around and sightsee a little bit. I think it'll be a great experience for our kids."

Toledo played in Detroit's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl last season after missing the postseason every year since 2005, so the trip to Washington will be something different for all of the players on the team.

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Military Bowl 2011: Washington Redskins Great And Hall Of Famer Art Monk Endorses Game

Former Washington Redskins and Hall of Fame wide receiver Art Monk recently did a public service announcement ad for the 2011 Military Bowl, employing fans to help out the USO and military families by buying tickets to the game. Monk also was getting the message out that there are 5,000 complimentary tickets available for active duty military.

Fortunately, the Military Bowl actually features one of the military academies in the Air Force Falcons, so one should expect to see quite a bit of Air Force fans at the game, especially given that there are complimentary tickets for active duty military personnel. This is just the second time in it's short history that a military academy has played in the Military Bowl and Air Force could be the first one to win it.

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Military Bowl 2011: Air Force's Alex Means Stepping Up

As Air Force prepares to take on Toledo in the Military Bowl on Dec. 28 at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, Irv Moss of the Denver Post reports junior linebacker Alex Means is impressing his coach, Troy Calhoun.

"Alex realizes the level you have to play to play well on a consistent basis," said Air Force coach Troy Calhoun. "Truly, as a junior, it's good to see players emerge as leaders. Maybe at an academy, when you're not a senior, you're a tad reluctant. He's not reluctant. I like to see a player with that strong a personality to be able to assert it in a way that helps the team.

"On the field, I see a player with more pass rush skills. I see a player that plays with more vibrancy and that has helped us as a football team. He can really help us next year as a key driver."

Before he can focus on next season, however, Means will have to help his teammates stop a potent Rockets offensive attack. Toledo is ranked No. 8 nationally in points per game at 42.3, No. 14 in rushing yards per game at 221.2 and No. 29 in passing yards per game at 272.0.

Means racked up 71 tackles, nine tackles for loss and six sacks for the Falcons' defense during the regular season. The sack total was good to lead the team, so it'll be interesting to see how well he can disrupt Toledo's attack when kickoff finally arrives.

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Military Bowl 2011: Toldeo Favored By A Field Goal Over Air Force

Despite the fact their new head coach will be making his debut in the 2011 Military Bowl, the Toldeo Rockets (8-4) and 32-year-old coach Todd Campbell are three-point favorites over the Air Force Falcons (7-5), according to OddsShark.

This year's edition of the Military Bowl should be one of the more entertaining bowl offerings of the season. Toledo's offense averaged 493.2 total yards and 42.3 points per game this year, while the triple-option attack of the Falcons averaged 458.8 total yards and 34.4 points per game. In fact, the over/under for this game is set at 71 points, making the Military Bowl just one of four bowl games with an over/under set at 70 or higher.

Here's all you need to know about the 2011 Military Bowl:

Game date, time: 4:30 PM ET, December 28.

Location: RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.

TV channel: ESPN/EPSN3

2010 winner and loser: Maryland TerrapinsEast Carolina Pirates

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2011 Military Bowl: Toledo Expected To Name Matt Campbell Head Coach

After losing Tim Beckman to Illinois, the Toledo Rockets have been in search of a replacement head coach for this year's Military Bowl game against Air Force. Monday, they found their man. Brian Nowicki and others are reporting that the Rockets have called a 7 p.m. press conference to name Matt Campbell as the new Toledo football head coach:

@briannowicki Brian Nowicki 7pm press conference tonight to name permanent head coach at Toledo. As I've been saying, expect Matt Campbell to be named

Campbell took over as the offensive coordinator in 2009 after three seasons at Bowling Green. He is a 2002 graduate of Division III Mount Union, where he was part of five national championship teams at that level. His offense has developed one of the most prolific wide receivers in college football in Eric Page. Page has had three straight seasons of at least 1,100 yards receiving and 25 career touchdowns. He also has over 300 career receptions.

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Military Bowl 2011: Toledo Prepares For 12th Bowl Game

As the 2011 Military Bowl gets closer the Toledo Rockets are starting to deal with life after coach Tim Beckman. Beckman recently left the program to become the coach at the University of Illinois. Toledo should have some confidence, according to SB Nation's MAC blog the Hustle Belt:

Beckman had an A-plus game plan against Ohio State, which they lost by five points. He did very admirably all season, from a near-loss at Syracuse to a rout of Temple — despite losing several starters on both sides of the ball. Back-to-back eight-win seasons, despite no MAC West division titles, was a dandy of a rebuild job on the fly considering where Toledo was (PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE POINT SHAVING).

The Independent Collegian views this as an unusual foe for someone like Toledo:

The Falcons run a highly-disciplined triple option capable of wearing thin a Toledo defense which has been inconsistent as of late.

 "It's something different that we haven't seen," Molls said. "It's a good thing we have extra weeks to prepare for it. We're excited."

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Tim Beckman 'Closing In' On Being Illinois Football Coach, Reportedly Won't Coach Toledo In 2011 Military Bowl

In their search to replace fired football coach Ron Zook, the Illinois Fighting Illini have targeted Toledo Rockets coach Tim Beckman, reports the Chicago Tribune, citing multiple sources. If hired, Beckman will not coach Toledo in the 2011 Military Bowl against the Air Force Falcons. Further, the Tribune says, Beckman is meeting with Toledo officials Thursday morning.

Illinois fired Zook after his team ended its season on a six-game losing streak despite a 6-0 start.

In his three-year coaching career, all with Toledo, Beckman's record stands at 21-16, with an 0-1 mark in bowl games. He has improved his team's win percentage in each season, and has brought the top recruiting class in the Mid-American Conference to Toledo in each of the last two years, according to the Toledo Blade.

Just last Thursday, Beckman indicated to the Blade he had no plans to leave the Rockets. "I have not been contacted by anyone," he said in Zach Silka's report.

Interestingly, Silka notes, "Beckman declined to comment on whether or not he'd be interested if the right offer from another school came along."

The Tribune reports Illinois "is willing to pay up to $2 million," which would quintuple Beckman's current salary.

Here's more information on the 2011 Military Bowl:

Game date, time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern, December 28.

Location: RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.

TV channel: ESPN/EPSN3

2010 winner and loser: Maryland Terrapins, East Carolina Pirates

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2011 Military Bowl Odds: Toledo The Early Favorite Over Air Force

The early 2011 Military Bowl odds are out, and unsurprisingly, Toledo is the early favorite over Air Force. The Rockets have been installed as three-point favorites for the game, according to the early odds at Oddsshark. That is on line with the way the two teams have played to close the season

Toledo has won seven of their last eight games after a poor start and stands at 8-4. Air Force has also closed well, winning three of four, but they have a worse overall record at 7-5. Nevertheless, the two teams are evenly matched, and the line reflects that.

Here is more information on the 2011 Military Bowl:

Game date, time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern, December 28.

Location: RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.

TV channel: ESPN/EPSN3

2010 winner and loser: Maryland, East Carolina

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Toledo Vs. Air Force, 2011 Military Bowl: Falcons, Rockets Meet In Unlikely Matchup

UPDATE: A Military Bowl representative tells SB Nation D.C. that Air Force was not selected as the de-facto service academy.

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The 2011 Military Bowl will feature an unlikely matchup when Air Force takes on MAC at-large Toledo on December 28 at RFK Stadium. It's not quite the intriguing matchup the game got last season, when local team Maryland was able to get into the game, but it's certainly an interesting game. However, it's a far cry from the game the bowl could have gotten.

The game was supposed to pit a team from the ACC against one of the service academies. Ideally, that's either Navy or Army, since Air Force has a conference affiliation with the Mountain West that would usually determine their bowl destination. The problem is that Army was once again not eligible for a bowl, and Navy had a much worse season than expected and also couldn't become bowl-eligible. That meant the game changed to one between an ACC club and an at-large team.

But then another problem resulted. It looked like North Carolina would be all set to be the ACC's representative, due to their 3-5 record in conference and the other bowls scooping up the other ACC squads. That was before the Sugar Bowl made a surprising decision to invite Virginia Tech to square off against Michigan. That bumped each ACC team up a slot, and the Independence Bowl took North Carolina.

So with both those contingencies to deal with, the Military Bowl ended up going to the Air Force vs. Toledo matchup. Air Force fills the role of the service academy thanks to a stronger-than-expected year for the Mountain West, while Toledo is an at-large that goes to D.C. instead of the Little Ceasers Bowl in Detroit. It may not be the matchup the Military Bowl expected to get at the beginning of the season, but it'll do.

Game date, time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern, December 28.

Location: RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.

TV channel: ESPN/EPSN3

2010 winner and loser: Maryland, East Carolina

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2011 Military Bowl: Toledo, Air Force Officially The Matchup

The 2011 Military Bowl will be Toledo vs. Air Force, the bowl announced on Sunday. The game normally pits an ACC team against a service academy, but with Virginia Tech's ascension to the Sugar Bowl, the other ACC teams moved up one game. Air Force will be the service academy, due to Navy being ineligible for a bowl. Air Force finished 7-5 in the Mountain West this season, while Toledo finished 8-4 in the Mid-American Conference.

Last season's Military Bowl was won by Maryland over East Carolina in what proved to be Ralph Friedgen's final game as the team's coach. Here's more information on the game.

Game date, time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern, December 28.

Location: RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.

TV channel: ESPN/EPSN3

2010 winner and loser: Maryland, East Carolina

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Military Bowl 2011: Air Force, Toledo To Play In Game, According To Report

Due to a surprising turn of events, the 2011 Military Bowl will not feature an ACC team after all. Instead, the game will be between Air Force, who fills the role of the service academy, and Toledo out of the Mid-American Conference, at least according to a report by Frank Schwab of the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Initially, it looked like North Carolina would be the ACC's representative, but Virginia Tech reportedly heading to the Sugar Bowl elevated several ACC teams. North Carolina is instead heading to the Independence Bowl to play Missouri, according to a report.

Air Force finished 7-5 this season, while Toledo finished 8-4, winning seven of its last eight games.

Game date, time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern, December 28.

Location: RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.

TV channel: ESPN/EPSN3

2010 winner and loser: Maryland, East Carolina

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Military Bowl 2011: North Carolina Not Playing, Reportedly Going To Independence Bowl Instead

We have conflicting reports on the status of North Carolina. Despite an earlier CBS report suggesting the Tar Heels would be the ACC's representative in the 2011 Military Bowl, a different report suggests the Tar Heels are instead going to the Independence Bowl. Via Eric Blumberg, a Missouri TV journalist:

vs. North Carolina in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26th.

If North Carolina is going to the Independence Bowl instead, it leaves the teams who will play in the Military Bowl in question. The Tar Heels, at 3-5 in the ACC, were the final bowl-eligible team in the conference.

Military Bowl information:

Game date, time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern, December 28.

Location: RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.

TV channel: ESPN/EPSN3

2010 winner and loser: Maryland, East Carolina

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Military Bowl 2011: North Carolina Will Participate In Game, According To Report

UPDATE: There are conflicting reports on this news.

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While it is not yet official, it looks like North Carolina will indeed be the ACC's representative in the 2011 Military Bowl. According to a report by CBS' Chip Patterson, the entire ACC bowl picture is set, and the Tar Heels have indeed tumbled down to the Military Bowl.

It remains unclear which team will face North Carolina, but most believe it will end up being Temple. The Tar Heels finished 7-5 this season, but were relegated to the Military Bowl due to a 3-5 conference record.

Here is more information on the game.

Game date, time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern, December 28.

Location: RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.

TV channel: ESPN/ESPN3

2010 winner and loser: Maryland, East Carolina

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2011 Bowl Projections: N.C. State To Belk Bowl Opens Door For North Carolina To Military Bowl

It's looking more and more like the 2011 Military Bowl will end up including North Carolina as the ACC's representative. North Carolina State, who was also a potential candidate for the game, has been invited to the Belk Bowl in Charlotte instead, according to Dave Stone of the News Observer.

The Wolfpack finished 4-4 in the ACC and 7-5 overall, meaning they could have been selected to the Military Bowl. With them going to the Belk Bowl instead, the Military Bowl will likely fall back on the Tar Heels, who finished 3-5 in the conference and 7-5 overall. No higher bowl can select North Carolina over Wake Forest due to the Demon Deacons being 5-3 in the ACC. The ACC has a rule that bowls can only drop down to select a team who finished worse in the conference if there's a one-loss difference between the two teams.

North Carolina would likely end up playing Temple. The game will take place at RFK Stadium on December 28.

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2011 Bowl Projections: North Carolina Potentially Headed To Military Bowl

While many bowl projections have Wake Forest playing in the 2011 Military Bowl, it appears the chances of that are unlikely. The Demon Deacons are one of six ACC teams with at least five conference wins, and due to the ACC's one-loss rule preventing bowls from picking teams with more than one additional conference loss than another eligible teams, that means one of the bigger ACC bowl games will likely have to select Wake Forest.

So who does that leave for the Military Bowl? It appears that North Carolina is the most likely leftover team. The Tar Heels are bowl-eligible at 7-5, but finished just 3-5 in the ACC. As such, they cannot go to a bigger bowl than Wake Forest. The most likely scenario then is that the bigger bowls lock up the top six ACC teams, leaving the Tar Heels and potentially North Carolina State (4-4 in the ACC) left over. The Wolfpack would probably then end up going to the Belk Bowl in Charlotte.

Whichever ACC team ends up being selected would likely play Temple, since Navy is not bowl-eligible.

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Military Bowl 2011 Projection: Wake Forest Demon Deacons Vs. Temple Owls

Current projections have Wake Forest (6-6) of the Atlantic Coast Conference facing off against Temple (8-4) December 28th in the Military Bowl, held at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

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2011 NCAA Football Bowl Projections: Who Will Take Part In Military Bowl?

The college football regular season is just about over, and we will soon know for sure which teams will be playing in the various bowl games. But until then we'll still just have to speculate. The only bowl in the D.C. region is the Military Bowl, and those who put together these rankings seem to have come to a pretty consistent agreement on who might be playing in that game. USA Today is just the most recent source to have Temple and Wake Forest as the two opponents.

Normally this game is reserve for Navy and an ACC opponent, but with the Midshipmen not bowl eligible, Temple seems to have slid in and taken their spot. It's a fun bowl game when Navy plays in it because it gives a service academy a great chance for National Recognition, without them, it loses some of it's luster.

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2011 Bowl Predictions: Military Bowl To Likely Pit Wake Forest And Temple

The Washington D.C. area will play host to a bowl game this year -- the Military Bowl, on December 28th at RFK Stadium. Had the Navy Midshipmen not self-destructed in the second half of the season, the local military academy would have garnered an invite to play a middle-of-the-pack ACC squad. But at 4-7, Navy is obviously not bowl eligible.

Instead, the game is likely to pit Wake Forest and Temple according to the latest bowl projections filed by Bill Connelly of SB Nation. The Demon Deacons have not exactly finished strong, having lost four of their past five, including a 41-7 drubbing at the hands of Vanderbilt this past weekend. The Owls meanwhile finished on a hot streak, winning their past three to improve to 8-4 overall and 5-2 in Mid-American conference play. Temple's narrow defeat to Ohio in early November proved to be the de facto title game, as Ohio held on to their lead over Temple down the stretch for the conference crown.

Check out the complete list of the 2011 College Football Schedule to see what's still on tap for the college football schedule in December and early January.

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2011 Bowl Projections: NC State Comeback May Send Wolfpack To Military Bowl

NC State mounted a 27-point comeback against the Maryland Terrapins that saw the Wolfpack score 34 points in the final quarter of the game. With the comeback victory, it's possible the game could shoot the Wolfpack to the Military Bowl. If the Wake Forest Demon Deacons lose to Vanderbilt today, the Wolfpack would pull ahead of the Deacons in the ACC Standings. If the Deacons win, both teams would sit at 7-5 in the ACC standings. 

As for the other team in the game, typically the Military Bowl takes either Army or Navy. Neither team is bowl eligible this season however, so it looks like the Military Bowl will bring the Air Force Falcons to RFK Stadium. Either Wake Forest or NC State will play Air Force in the game, it looks like.

Check out SB Nation's complete guide and set of 2011 bowl projections and our 2011 Bowl Schedule StoryStream.

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2011 Bowl Projections, Military Bowl: Wake Forest, Air Force Projected To Square Off

Wake Forest and Air Force are headed to the Military Bowl, according to the latest bowl projections.

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2011 Bowl Projections: Wake Forest Projected To Take On Navy At RFK In Military Bowl

With one month remaining in the college football season, the bowl projections are in high gear. The Military Bowl enters its fourth year at RFK, and local service academy Navy is currently projected to play against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The projection is a rematch of the inaugural game in 2008, when Wake beat the Midshipmen 29-19. Wake is currently 5-5 and 4-3 in the ACC, after blowing a fourth quarter lead on Saturday against conference-leading Clemson in Death Valley.

After a win over the SMU Mustangs, Navy teeters on the line of bowl eligibility at 4-6. They have a game against San Jose State next week and then get two weeks off before the annual rivalry with Army on December 10th. Navy will have to win both games to clinch a bowl berth.

The Military Bowl is set to be played at RFK on December 28th at 4:30. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Check out SB Nation's complete set of 2011 bowl projections and our 2011 Bowl Schedule StoryStream.

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2011 Bowl Projections: Navy Currently Slotted For Military Bowl, Will Need To Win Out

The Navy Midshipmen snapped a six game losing streak Saturday, defeating the Troy Trojans 42-14, and kept their slim hopes of making a bowl game alive. Despite already having six losses on the season, the Midshipmen could win out and finish 6-6, making them bowl eligible. Navy will have to win two road games, against SMU and San Jose State, before finishing against Army. Win all three games, and Navy will play bonus ball.

The Maryland Terrapins, however, will not be making a bowl game. The Terps lost their fifth straight game Saturday, 31-13 to the Virginia Cavaliers, and fell to 2-7 on the season. Maryland finishes with games against Notre Dame, Wake Forest and North Carolina State, and stands in serious danger of finishing the year on an eight game losing streak.

Here is the current bowl projection for Navy. As noted above, 2-7 Maryland has no chance to make a bowl game this season:

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Miami vs. Navy, Dec. 28, 2011

For more 2011 bowl projections, check out SB Nation's college football hub. For a complete bowl schedule, click here. For more on Maryland, visit SB Nation's Maryland Terrapins blog Testudo Times.

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2011 Military Bowl Will Be Played December 28 At 4:30 P.M.

The 2011 Military Bowl date and schedule has been announced, and it will be on December 28 at 4:30 p.m. at RFK Stadium, according to Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times. December 28, 2011 is a Wednesday. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.

The game will feature Navy (if bowl eligible) against the No. 8 selection from the ACC. Last season, the game featured the ACC's No. 8 team against the No. 6 team from Conference USA. Maryland ended up routing East Carolina in Ralph Friedgen's final game.

The Military Bowl has been in existence since 2008. In the inaugural edition of the game, Wake Forest, the ACC's ninth-place team, defeated Navy, 29-19. In 2009, Army was supposed to be in the game, but was not bowl-eligible, and the ACC didn't have enough bowl-eligible teams either. UCLA and Temple were eventually picked to play in the game, with UCLA winning, 30-21. 

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