If the EagleBank Bowl wants a local team in its Dec. 29 game, yesterday was not a particularly promising day.
Maryland lost to Middle Tennessee to fall to 1-2. Virginia gave up a huge second-half lead at Southern Mississippi and dropped to 0-3. Neither has looked like a postseason-worthy team this season, and that’s saying something when 68 out of 120 teams make a bowl.
The good for the D.C.-based bowl? Army notched win No. 2, putting it a third of the way to eligibility for its first bowl game since 1996.
Running down all three tie-ins:
ACC No. 8
ACC teams with 2+ victories: 9
ACC teams with .500+ records: 9
Current projected teams on the board for the EagleBank Bowl: Boston College, Wake Forest
The Black Knights handled Ball State (which in no way resembles the team that started last season 12-0). Army has a winning record more than one game into the season for the first time since going 10-2 in 1996.
|2009 Opponent||Result||2008 Equivalent||Result|
|at Eastern Michigan||W, 27-14||Eastern Michigan||W, 17-13|
|Duke||L, 35-19||at Rice||L, 38-31|
|Ball State||W, 24-17||Akron||L, 22-3|
|at Iowa State||at Texas A&M||L, 21-17|
|Tulane||at Tulane||W, 44-13|
|Vanderbilt||at Buffalo||L, 27-24|
|at Temple||Temple||L, 35-7|
|Rutgers||at Rutgers||L, 30-3|
|at Air Force||Air Force||L, 16-7|
|VMI||New Hampshire||L, 28-10|
|at North Texas||Louisiana Tech||W, 14-3|
|vs. Navy||vs. Navy||L, 34-0|
If Army cannot reach six victories, the bowl will select a team from …
Conference USA East teams with 2+ victories: 3 (Southern Mississippi, Marshall, Central Florida)
Conference USA East teams with .500+ records: 3