Dec 14, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Navy Midshipmen wide receiver Casey Bolena (88), running back Bradley Bostick (3) and fullback Noah Copeland (34) celebrate a 34-7 win over Army at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Navy game preview, odds and prediction

In the first of four games on the college football bowl game slate Monday, the Navy Midshipmen of the Independent classification will take on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders of Conference-USA in the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.

Navy comes into the game after another good season at 8-4 on the year. While it may be hard to believe, this will be the first appearance for the Midshipmen in this military-themed game.

After a close, four-point loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish back in November, Navy won their final four games of the season and they come into this one rolling.

Middle Tennessee also comes into this one on a hot streak, winning their last five of the season after losing three consecutive games between late September and early October. They too finished their campaign 8-4 as this program continues to make some impressive strides at the FBS level.

Date: Dec. 30

Start Time: 11:45 AM ET

Location: Fort Worth, TX

Stadium: Amon Carter Stadium

TV Info: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN app

Odds: Navy -7

Prediction: While Middle Tennessee is on a bit of an impressive run, it will sadly come to an end on Monday. They’re facing one of the more potent rushing attacks in the country in Navy, who’s averaging 322 yards on the ground per game, while the Blue Raiders are giving up a scary 405 yards per game on defense.

Navy’s record-setting WB Keenan Dooling and the rest of his option-oriented offense shouldn’t have much of an issue in taking this one home.

Navy 38, Middle Tennessee 21

 

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