FORT WORTH, Texas – Following Saturday’s conference championship games and the final selection of teams for the 35 college football bowl games, the U.S. Naval Academy now knows that Middle Tennessee State University will be its opponent in this month’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. The Midshipmen will meet the Blue Raiders in the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to be played in Fort Worth, on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.
The 11th edition of this postseason college football bowl game, which is more than a bowl game with its military theme and involvement, will kick off at 10:45 a.m. (CST) from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU. The game will air on ESPN, ESPN Radio and will be carried worldwide on the Armed Forces Network.
By defeating UTEP, 48-17 on Nov. 30 at home in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the Blue Raiders, led by Head Coach Rick Stockstill, finished the regular season with an 8-4 overall record in Conference USA.
“It is a distinct honor and privilege to have both the U.S. Naval Academy and Middle Tennessee in this year’s salute to the military of our country. The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and the City of Fort Worth are very excited to host both of these teams, their alumni as well as their fans,” said Brant Ringler, Executive Director of the patriotic bowl. “I can assure you this game will add significantly to the legacy of
this great event. The game itself will be the centerpiece to a memorable week of colorful festivities in the heart of Texas.”
Navy, coached by Ken Niumatalolo, has a 7-4 record so far this season playing with poised passion and dedicated determination and has some unfinished regular-season business as they continue to prepare for Saturday’s annual rivalry showdown with the U.S. Military Academy (Army) in Philadelphia. Navy, which is on a three-game winning streak, became bowl-eligible on Nov. 16 when it defeated South Alabama, 42-14, at home in Annapolis, Md, allowing the Midshipmen to honor their commitment to play in Fort Worth.
While the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is played in honor of the armed forces and has previously hosted the U.S. Military Academy (2010) and the U.S. Air Force Academy (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012), this is the first year that the bowl is hosting the Naval Academy. The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is the only bowl game that has hosted all three U.S. Military Academies.
The Blue Raiders head to Fort Worth riding a five-game winning streak after going 6-2 in league play to finish tied for second in the East Division of C-USA..