Bowl Talk: Jeff Monken on potential opponent/destination

Nothing new to report on Army’s bowl destination.

The census from bowl projection experts seems to be a return to the Armed Forces Bowl.

The Independence Bowl is still in play where the Black Knights could meet an Atlantic Coast Conference team. Possibly Georgia Tech?

Last season, Jeff Monken said he would never schedule regular season games with Georgia Tech and coach Paul Johnson or Georgia Southern, where Monken coached before taking over at Army.

Asked Monken Tuesday if he would play Georgia Tech and Johnson in a bowl game, “I hope I don’t have to. I know they are going to be a real bugger to defend and try to play. He’s a terrific football coach. The only thing is I would have to cheer against him and I don’t like that. I like to cheer for him. He’s been a great mentor of mine. I think so much of my coaching style and my philosophy comes straight from him. I learned so much from him but I would want to beat his pants off if we had to play them. If that’s what happens, that’s what happens.”

Would Monken prefer to play a Power Five school in Army’s bowl game?

“Wherever we can go,” Monken said. “To me, there’s no bad bowl game. I would be thrilled just to have a chance to play in the postseason. I think it’s a great experience for our players. I think it’s one of the great experiences in college football to play in a bowl game. We’ll see what happens and we’ll take whatever comes our way.”

When asked if he would like to see the college football playoff expand beyond four teams, Monken said, “I would. I think it would really help college football. we can support it. They do it at all the other levels. I’d love to see them take the champion from each of the 10 conferences and take the next six-highest ranked teams. You’ll have a 16-team tournament and let’s have it out. Seed them one through 16 and you have four rounds to play it out.”

“It’s the haves and the have nots,” Monken said in reference to the current playoff system and Power Five schools comparing Group of Five schools. “There’s just a big difference from those schools and the others. You look at the facilities and the recruiting budgets and size of the staffs and the weight room and nutrition. There’s a big difference. We are a lot closer to the Power 5 schools than just about everybody else. This is a really great place with great facilities. What we don’t have is a bunch of NFL players walking around in that weight room. Those Power Five schools have a lot of NFL guys walking around in the weight room. That’s what separates them.”

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