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Armed Forces Bowl 2012: Rice vs. Air Force odds and lines

Air Force will be a slight favorite over Rice when the two teams take the field in the Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday Dec. 29.


The 2012 Armed Forces Bowl features a pair of 6-6 teams in the Air Force Falcons and Rice Owls. When the line first opened for this game, it was Air Force who was favored by a slight 1.5 points, but that has since moved more toward Air Force who are now favored by a field goal.

These two teams are fairly even as they score points in bunches and can put emphasis on the running game. Rice scored 32 points per game and rush for 201 yards per game, while Air Force 28.5 points and 328 yards per game.

Air Force's run-option attack is more potent then Rice, but the Falcons have been held back in their running game as star running back Cody Getz has been slowed down with a foot injury. Even with Getz being hampered with his injury, Air Force has the next man up mentality, and they have not seen too much of a downturn of production.

Rice is led in rushing by quarterback Taylor McHargue and running back Charles Ross. The two combined for 15 touchdowns and just under 1,400 yards this year.

While Air Force has the edge in rushing, as a team they have struggled the past few weeks and ended the season losing three of four games. While Rice, they have been on a roll and have won four straight games, and during that stretch, the Owls have averaged just over 40 points.