Word on the Street: Air Force in Military Bowl?

Word on the Street: Air Force in Military Bowl?
November 28, 2011, 2:22 pm
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comEither NC Stateor North Carolina is expected to be the ACC representative in the Military Bowl, according to Military Bowl President Steve Beck. However, despite mutual interest in tabbing Air Force as the opponent for the December 28 game at RFK Stadium, hurdles remain. Thetraditional Military Bowl matchup involves Navy, buta losing recordeliminated theMidshipmen from consideration. Air Force (7-5) would be an ideal substitute and school officials are said to desire a trip to Washington. However, the Mountain West conference's affiliation deals with other bowl games prevent the Military Bowl from having first crack at selecting the service academy.The Military Bowl receives the eighth choice of the ACC bowl eligible programs. The Wolfpack, following their epic comeback victory over Maryland, became the eighth schoolavailable for postseasonplay (Miami announced it would not participate in a bowl this year). Official matchups for all bowl games will be revealed on December 4.Air Forces ability to draw fans the Falcons sold over 12,000 tickets playing in last season's Independence Bowl - makes the Military institution attractive. The Falcons finished conference play with a 3-4 record, behind Wyoming and San Diego State in the standings; however, of the three schools,Air Forcemay be the top choice of the Shreveport, La. based Independence Bowl or the New Mexico Bowl.Mountain West officials increase likelihood all five of the conference's teams play in a bowl game by steering Air Force to the Military Bowl.Wake Forest (5-3 ACC) finished with a better than one-game conference record than North Carolina (3-5 ACC; 7-5 overall) and therefore cannot be the final team selected. NC State finished the regular season with a 7-5 record, 4-4 in the ACC.Despite its blowout loss to Virginia Tech, Virginia has likely played itself out of contention for the Military Bowl. Virginia Tech, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Florida State are also bowl eligible.Only Virginia Tech winding up in the BCS National Championship game couldeliminate the ACC from the Military Bowl, but the odds are stacked against anything other than a LSU-Alabama rematch.Without Air Force, the Military Bowl will sift through the remaining at-large candidates, which Beck said couldinclude programs the Big East, the Big Ten and the Mid-American among other conferences.Redskins RoundupRedskins let if fly, end losing streak (O'Halloran - CSNwashington)Helu making the leap? (O'Halloran - CSNwashington)Once again, there was a horror movie quality to Rex Grossman's day(Wise - Washington Post)Lots of yapping between two "angry" teams, but Redskins offense spoke loudest (Snider - Washington Examiner)Breakfast BuffetIn case you missed the breaking newsheadline, Bruce Boudreau, fired. Former Caps great Dale Hunter takes over as Washington's head coach. (CSNwashington)The Terps season is mercifully over. Will Danny O'Brien be part of next season's squad? (Baltimore Sun)NBA is coming back, but don't forget about the NBA Draft age issue (Snyder - Washington Times)Terps soccer bounced in third round (Washington Examiner)Urban Meyer officially takes over as head coach at Ohio State (NBC Sports)