Houston Vs. Army: Armed Forces Bowl Trends & Betting History

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 3:00 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 3:00 PM UTC

Houston and Army are familar faces in the Armed Forces Bowl, combining for eight appearances in the game's 17-year history. These betting numbers, past results, and trends will help you make a bet. 


2018 Armed Forces Bowl: Houston vs. Army

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The Armed Forces Bowl, formerly the Fort Worth Bowl, has welcomed a variety of conferences throughout its 17-year history, including nine appearances by the U.S. service academies (Army, Navy, and Air Force). The Black Knights are making their third showing in 2018, while Houston is totaling a bowl-record fifth appearance. Army is currently a 3-point favorite to keep its undefeated record in the postseason event intact. The Cougars are 2-2 SU and ATS overall.

Season Winner Loser Final Line Total Winner ATS O/U
2003 Boise St, TCU 34-31 -11 N/A L N/A
2004 Cincinnati Marshall 32-14 -1 N/A W N/A
2005 Kansas Houston 42-13 -4 N/A W N/A
2006 Utah Tulsa 25-13 -1 49 W U
2007 California Air Force 42-36 -4.5 51.5 W O
2008 Houston Air Force 34-28 -5 64 W U
2009 Air Force Houston 47-20 4.5 64 W O
2010 Army SMU 16-14 7 52 W U
2011 BYU Tulsa 24-21 1 59 W U
2012 Rice Air Force 33-14 0 61 W U
2013 Navy M. Tennessee 24-6 -7 57 W U
2014 Houston Pitt 35-34 4 54 W O
2015 California Air Force 55-36 -6.5 70.5 W O
2016 La. Tech Navy 48-45 -6 68 L O
2017 Army San Diego St. 42-35 6.5 47 W O

Armed Forces Bowl Key Betting Numbers

Average Victory Margin: 11.5
Average Line: -1.5
Favorite ATS: 7-8
Average Total: 58.1 (since 2006)
O/U Record: 6-6 (since 2006)
O/U Margin: 2.5
Largest Underdog Upset: Army (+7) 16, SMU 14 (2010)
Largest Spread: Boise St. -11 (2003)
Largest Rout: Kansas 42, Houston 13 (2005)

Armed Forces Bowl Summary & Trends

The game winner is 13-2 ATS, averaging 35.5 points

The average first-half score is 16.7 to 14.0 for the victors. The difference grows to 18.8 and 11.1 in the final two quarters.

The team with the more efficient rushing offense is surprisingly 3-9 SU and 2-10 ATS all-time. Houston enters averaging 5.4 yards per carry versus 4.6 for Army.

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Houston Cougars (8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS)

Seasons: 70
Bowl Record: 11-14-1
Coach, Bowl Record: Major Applewhite (0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS)

Leading Houston to a pair of bowl appearances the last two seasons, the Cougars have been outscored an average 33.5 to 18.5 despite going off short-priced chalk in each. They lost to Fresno State (+2.5) 33-27 in the 2017 Hawaii Bowl and 34-10 to San Diego State (+4.5) in the 2016 Las Vegas Bowl.

Houston vs. Commander-in-Chief’s Programs

SU Record: 9-5
Average Margin: -8.2
ATS Record: 6-8
Average Line: -8.2

Since at least 1980, this is the first time Houston will kick off an underdog to one of the Commander-in-Chief’s programs of Army, Navy, or Air Force. The Cougars are 9-5 SU and 6-8 ATS in this stretch. Double digits, including three of five upsets by the Armed Forces squads, have decided ten of 14 matchups.

Army Black Knights (10-2 SU, 7-4-1 ATS)

Seasons: 125
Bowl Record: 5-2 SU, 5-2 ATS
Coach, Bowl Record: Jeff Monken (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS)

Army’s only two bowl losses have come when catching more than a touchdown on the college football oddsboard. They’ve won two as chalk and three as underdogs. Over the last 20 years, Army averages 311.7 rushing yard on 47.7 carries in three bowl games. Their opponents post 215.7 on 46.7 rushing attempts.

Army vs. AAC

SU Record: 6-5
Average Margin: 0.8
ATS Record: 6-4-1
Average Line: 3.9

Since the league’s formation, only four of Army’s 11 AAC matchups have come against Armed Forces rivals Navy. The “under” is 8-3 overall, a 43.2 combined final score finishing 3.9 points shy of a 47.1 total.

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