In the 2021 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl the Army Black Knights and the Missouri Tigers will collide at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, TX, on December 22, 2021.
- Army Black Knights vs Missouri Tigers
- Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
- Date – 22/12/2021
- Starting time – 8 PM ET
- Venue: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Army Black Knights Stats & Form
The Army Black Knights are having a pretty good season even though it could have been much better if they defeated the Navy Midshipmen in their last game. Still, the Black Knights have a chance to finish with nine wins for a second season in a row as they travel to Fort Worth with an 8-4 record.
The Golden Knights played well in November winning all four games before failing 17-13 against the Navy.
Army has the second-best rushing offense this season. The Golden Knights averaged 286.9 rushing yards per game which trail only to the Air Force Falcons. They have ten players with at least 100 rushing yards on the year; five have 300+. Running back Tyrell Robinson leads the team with 603 yards, and senior quarterback Christian Anderson is second with 592 yards.
Army lost the Liberty Bowl last season in a heartbreaker to West Virginia and that experience might prove valuable when they face Missouri.
Army Black Knights News
Army faces an SEC opponent for the first time in 10 years. Army is trying to keep its perfect record in the Armed Forces Bowl intact after three previous victories. That includes back-to-back wins in 2017-18, when the Black Knights had two of the three 10-win seasons in program history. Army is 4-0 in Dallas-area bowl games.
Missouri Tigers Stats & Form
The fact is that the Missouri Tigers underachieved this season as they are 6-6.
The passing game has been inconsistent for the Tigers. Quarterback Connor Bazelak has had his highlight moments but he has 16 touchdowns to 11 interceptions on the season.
The Tigers rank 116th in points allowed per game with 34.7. Stopping the run has been a particular struggle, as the Tigers surrendered 229 yards on the ground per contest in 2021.
Tyler Badie has been their top player of the season. The 5-8 running back racked up 1,942 yards. He averages a bit under 27 touches per game, six yards per rush, and he’s found the endzone 18 times this season.
Defensively, things have not been much better for Missouri. They gave up at least 23 points in every game while they were victimized for 34+ on six occasions. The Tigers rank 116th in points allowed per game at 34.7.
Missouri Tigers News
Missouri coach Eliah Drinkwitz is 8-0 as an assistant and head coach in bowls. This is the first time he will coach the Tigers in a bowl. Missouri is new to the Armed Forces Bowl, but not to the postseason in the Dallas area. The Tigers are 2-1 in the Cotton Bowl, most recently beating Arkansas 38-7 to cap the 2007 season.
Army Black Knights vs Missouri Tigers Head-to-Head Stats
This will be the first game between the Army Black Knights and the Missouri Tigers.
Army Black Knights vs Missouri Tigers Betting Odds
The Black Knights are huge favorites to win this one with -270 odds to do so while the Tigers are at 189.
The total point margin is set at 54.5 with both ways at -110.
It is not hard to predict what will happen when a team with a great running game meets with a team with one of the worst defenses. In that regard, the Army Golden Knights are major favorites to win this one even though the odds are not that much in their favor. Anyway, Army will not have a hard time scoring against Missouri but if Tyler Badie has a good game the Tigers might keep the game close. Still, placing your bet on Army’s win covering the -3.5 odds is a pretty safe one. The total point margin is set quite high at 56.5, still, this game is expected to go over.