Oskeim Sports previews the 2020 Armed Forces Bowl between Mississippi State and Tulsa. Oskeim provides a free college football pick in the game and recommends purchasing his award-winning college football bowl package available at the online store.
Tulsa defensive coordinator Joseph Gillespie employs a unique three-down look similar to the one used by Iowa State. Linebacker Zaven Collins has four interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), four sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, a safety and a forced fumble, and is a legitimate national defensive player of the year candidate.
Only one of eight opponents gained more than 151 rushing yards in a game against the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa held potent attacks like Oklahoma State, Central Florida, and SMU to 26 points or less this season.
Overall, Tulsa’s defense is 1.1 yards per play better than average this season, which is good enough to completely shut down an anemic Mississippi State attack that finished the regular season 1.0 yards per play worse than average.
Motivation won’t be an issue for Tulsa, who will take the field with a major chip on its shoulder as a Group of 5 team consistently slighted by the CFP Committee. The Golden Hurricane now get a chance to showcase their skills against a Power 5 school from the SEC who received a bowl invite despite finishing with a 3-7 record.
Tulsa is 3-0 ATS in its last three bowl appearances and 4-1 ATS in its past five games as a favorite. In contrast, the Bulldogs are a money-burning 1-3 ATS in their last four bowl games and 0-4 ATS versus teams with a winning record this season.
Lay the points with Tulsa as Oskeim Sports’ Free Armed Forces Bowl Winner!