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December 31, 2007
by Dave Nye
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Dec. 31, 12:30pm
Fort Worth, Texas
Amon G. Carter Stadium
Teams: Air Force Falcons (9-3) vs California Golden Bears (6-6)
Betting Line: California is favored by 4 points.
Brief History: The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl began as the Fort Worth Bowl. The name was changed to the Armed Forces Bowl to make the game more national and to honor the branches of the United States Military.
Fun Fact: The Armed Forces Bowl will include an Armed Forces Adventure area showcasing military hardware, flyovers, and a demonstration by one of the top military skydiving teams
Notable Schwag for the Players: Slingbox Solo, Timely Watch Co. watch, ArmorGear rolling duffel bag
Preview: In what promises to be a good matchup, the Bowl game designed to honor the United States Military will feature both a military Academy and a university with perhaps the most liberal student body in the nation.
Cal began the year very strong moving to 5-0 with wins over both Tennessee and Oregon, but finished the year with a 1-6 mark while suffering several painful losses along the way. Despite the hard luck, the Bears have a ton of talent and average nearly 400 yards of offense per game.
On the other side of the ball, leading the way for the Falcons is the MWC Offensive Player of the Year, Chad Hall. Hall led Air Force in both rushing and receiving yards playing a big role in the team’s #2 ranked offense.