Bowl update: Will Oklahoma’s Big 12 championship help Black Knights

Army’s bowl chances considerably increased with Oklahoma’s win over Texas in the Big 12 championship game Saturday.

Associated Press writer Ralph Russo’s piece earlier in the week stated that if Oklahoma, which defeated Army 28-21 in overtime earlier this season, were Big 12 champions and one of the four teams selected to the College Football Playoff, Texas would receive an invite to the Sugar Bowl, leaving the Armed Forces Bowl open.

Pending Saturday night’s conference championship results, the final spot in the CFP could come down to Oklahoma and Ohio State.

Been hearing that the Armed Forces Bowl is one of the top landing spots for Army, which is 9-2 and ranked 23rd in the AP poll. The Black Knights defeated San Diego State 42-35 in the 2017 Armed Forces Bowl. Army has a good relationship with the bowl and executive director Brant Ringler.

Army athletic director Boo Corrigan said earlier in the week that he had talked with 15 bowls Tuesday. Thirteen of those bowls were owned by ESPN, including the Armed Forces Bowl.

“We’ve been working on this for 10 months,” Corrigan said at Army-Navy Media Day Wednesday. “This isn’t something that popped up. We’ve been talking to people. We put together a nice little booklet on ratings and attendance and everything about who we are and what we are able to deliver.”

Corrigan added, “We’ve been to bowls two years in a row. Our ratings are good for pre-Christmas bowl game. They are the highest ratings. Attendance-wise, it’s better than all but one bowl last year. Not only do we have a really good football team and really good kids and a really good story, we also have ratings and attendance.”

Army does not have a bowl tie for 2019. Bowl ties are negotiated in six-year windows, Corrigan said. Corrigan has been in touch with bowl officials to secure ties from 2020-25.

“The current bowl cycle we are in was negotiated in 2012,” Corrigan said. “We look a lot different than we did then. We have more of a bowl history in the last few years. We’ve been through this the last couple of years. It’s just a lot more challenging this year.

“We haven’t had tie-ins for a while. It goes back to there was a long period of time where even if we were bowl tied in, we were not bowl eligible. It’s hard to have leverage to talk about it when you are not able to deliver.”

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