Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tuesday's Bowl Previews

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tuesday's Bowl Previews

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Who: North Texas (5-7) vs. Army (7-5)

When: Noon, Tuesday

Where: Cotton Bowl, Dallas


Line: Army by 11.

The skinny: Army, in a bowl for the first time since 2010, has a chance to avenge one of its losses in the only bowl rematch of a 2016 regular-season game. The Black Knights had seven turnovers in a 35-18 home loss to North Texas on Oct. 22. North Texas lost four of its five games after that but got a bowl berth because of its NCAA high Academic Progress Rate score when there weren't enough bowl-eligible teams. ...Army has the nation's second-best rushing offense, with 328 yards per game. The Black Knights are only 68 yards shy of breaking the 4,000-yard mark. ... Army is playing in Texas for the third time this year. The Black Knights won at UTEP but lost to Notre Dame at San Antonio's Alamodome last month. ... North Texas RB Jeffrey Wilson had 15 carries for 160 yards and three TDs in the first meeting, the most rushing yards against the Black Knights this season.


Who: No. 23 Temple (10-3) vs. Wake Forest (6-6)

When: 3:30 p.m., Tuesday

Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.

Line: Temple by 12

The skinny: The only other time these teams met was in 1930. Temple won 36-0. ... The Owls are seeking a school-record 11th win. They won the American Athletic Conference title under coach Matt Rhule, who left for Baylor. Temple subsequently hired Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, but interim coach Ed Foley will be on the sideline looking to bring the Owls their first bowl victory since 2011 and eighth consecutive win in 2016. ... Wake Forest is seeking to put a positive spin on a season marred by the scandal in which broadcaster Tommy Elrod leaked or attempted to leak game plan information to at least three opponents. The Demon Deacons, whose starting QB is former Bishop Kenny player John Wolford, are also looking to pull out of a season-ending, three-game losing streak. Wake Forest has lost five of six and needs a victory to avoid its eighth consecutive losing season.


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