Bowl Update: Independence Bowl could be option

Pesky Hill, an Independence Bowl representative, watched Army’s 17-14 win over Air Force at Michie Stadium Saturday.

Hill, who attended Army’s postgame press conference, said the Independence Bowl has serious interest in the Black Knights for its Dec. 27 game in Shreveport, La.

Could Army be making a return to Independence Bowl? Army played in one of the more exciting Independence Bowls in 1996. Auburn edged Army 32-29.

Hill recalled the 1996 Independence Bowl and Army’s buzz at that time. He said Army is top on the Independence Bowl’s list if its main and backup ties cannot be met.

The Independence Bowl ties are the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference. The American Athletic Conference and Conference USA have backup agreements with the Independence Bowl. According to Hill, the SEC, AAC and Conference USA may not meet their bowl allotments.

Hill said that the Independence Bowl could pick from a group of ACC schools that may included Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Duke, Pittsburgh

Here are Army’s latest bowl projections by college football gurus:
Jerry Palm (CBS Sports): Armed Forces Bowl vs. Nevada
Jason Kirk (SB Nation): Armed Forces Bowl vs. SMU (2010 rematch)
Kyle Bonagura (ESPN): Armed Forces Bowl vs. Utah State
Mitch Sherman (ESPN): Military Bowl vs. Georgia Tech
Eric Single (Sports Illustrated): Birmingham Bowl vs. Memphis

Guess the experts don’t follow my Twitter feed with Independence Bowl’s interest. The Independence Bowl might be able to offer Army its most attractive matchup against an ACC school. I’m told there’s absolutely no chance that Army plays in Military Bowl, which is played at Navy’s Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. Looks like Belk Bowl may be off Army’s radar.



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