The Armed Forces Bowl is set for Thursday, December 31, 2020, with the #24 Tulsa Golden Hurricane (6-2) facing the Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-7) in Fort Worth, Texas. Tulsa lost the American Athletic Championship game to Cincinnati and Mississippi State finished bottom of the SEC – West. This game will air live on ESPN at 12:00 p.m. EST.
Through eight games, the Tulsa offense is averaging 27.3 points per game and 401.3 yards per game, 241.0 through the air and 160.3 on the ground. Corey Taylor III leads the team with 431 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and Keylon Stokes has a team high 37 receptions for 527 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the Golden Hurricane are allowing 20.8 points and 340.8 yards, 194.8 passing and 146.0 rushing.
After 10 games, the Mississippi State offense is averaging just 20.7 points per game and 347.1 yards per game, 311.1 through the air and 36.0 on the ground. Jo’Quavious Marks leads the team with 240 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and Jaden Walley has a team high 48 receptions for 691 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the Bulldogs are allowing 28.3 points and 380.3 yards, 255.0 passing and 125.3 rushing.
#24 Tulsa Golden Hurricane (-2.5) vs Mississippi State Bulldogs: O/U 49.5 (-117/-105)
Last time out, Tulsa lost the American Athletic Conference game 27-24 to the Cincinnati Bearcats. This game was tied and looked like overtime was in the horizon, but Cole Smith hit a walk off field goal to secure the conference championship for the Bearcats. Zach Smith went 13/30 for 166 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Tulsa rushed the ball 37 times for 166 yards, a 4.5 average, and two touchdowns. Defensively, the Golden Hurricane allowed 420 total yards and recovered two Bearcats fumbles.
Mississippi State finished off their regular season with a nice 51-32 home win over the Missouri Tigers. The Tigers jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, but Mississippi State scored 34 of the next 37 points to take control of the game and enter cruise control. Will Rogers went 21/36 for 295 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Jaden Walley hauled in five balls for 129 yards and one touchdown on the day. Defensively, the Bulldogs allowed 342 total yards and forced four Missouri turnovers, three interceptions and one lost fumble.
Series History: This will be the first meeting between these two schools.
CFB Predictions: I like Tulsa -2.5 to get the win in the Armed Forces Bowl.
2020 CFB Picks Results: 64-37