In the second weekend of bowl games, there is a contest between two overachieving team. These teams are the Army Black Knights and the San Diego State Aztecs. Both teams started the season with average expectations and no one expected either team to win at least nine games. Both teams managed to win nine or more games and will look to add a bowl game victory to their already impressive seasons.
Army’s success is due to senior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw. Since Army runs a triple option scheme on offense, Bradshaw only attempted 40 passes all season. However, Bradshaw was an animal in the running game and was a huge reason why the Black Knights won nine games this season. In 12 games, Bradshaw ran for 1,566 yards and had 12 rushing touchdowns while averaging 7.5 yards per carry. Army’s offense starts and ends with its option running game and Bradshaw is its main weapon. If Army plans on winning this contest, Bradshaw will need to have another big game on the ground.
San Diego State’s success is primarily due to running back Rashaad Penny. In 12 games this season, Penny led all of college football with 2,027 rushing yards and he also had 19 rushing touchdowns. However, Penny also made serious contributions in the Aztecs’ receiving and return game. Penny had two receiving and kick return touchdowns this season which makes him a threat in all three phases of the game. Expect San Diego State to feed Penny the ball early and often as he attempts to carry the Aztecs to a bowl game victory.
As for my prediction, I have to side with San Diego State. Although Army has had a great season, its offense is extremely one dimensional. If San Diego State can stop Bradshaw and the triple option, then Army does not have the ability to win games through the air. Meanwhile, San Diego State has an elite running back who can score touchdowns in all three phases of the game. I expect Penny to have a great game as the Aztecs win by double digits.
Army vs. San Diego State: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: Army vs. San Diego State
Date: Saturday, December 23, 2017
Start Time: 3:30 P.M. EST
Location: Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, TX
How to Watch Army vs. San Diego State On Your Tablet Or Mobile Device
You can live stream the game on the WatchESPN app.
How To Live Stream Army vs. San Diego State Online Without Cable Subscription
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