San Diego State to play Army in Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth

A panorama of the Armed Forces Bowl in 2010.


By KIRK KENNEY | The San Diego Union-Tribune (Tribune News Service) | Published: December 4, 2017

San Diego State was excitedly anticipating the possibility of going to the Foster Farms Bowl and playing a Power 5 opponent when the weekend began.

So much for that.

SDSU (10-2) will play Army (8-3) in the Armed Forces Bowl after school and Mountain West officials scrambled for a Plan B when the spot expected to be left open by the Big Ten ended up being taken by the conference.

Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. PST Dec. 23 at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Things were falling into place Saturday night for SDSU to play in the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara against a Pac-12 team before Wisconsin lost to Ohio State.

That’s when the dominoes started falling.

When Wisconsin dropped from the CFP picture to the Orange Bowl, it made every Big Ten team below the Badgers drop a spot and Purdue was placed in the Foster Farms against Arizona.

This is the school-record eight straight bowl appearance for the Aztecs, who have won two straight bowl games with victories in the 2015 Hawaii Bowl and 2016 Las Vegas Bowl.

Army will play its annual game against Navy on Saturday before beginning bowl preparations. The Black Knights were 6-0 at home this season but won just two of five games on the road. They have not defeated a team that ended the regular season with a winning record.

The Aztecs have met Army just twice, winning both times, 23-20 at Army in 2011 and 42-7 at home in 2012.

SDSU said at 2:45 p.m. Sunday that “Tickets will be on sale shortly to the general public online (GoAztecs.com), and in person (SDCCU Stadium Window E) and over the phone ((619) 283-7378) beginning on Monday.”


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