The Midshipmen are headed to a 10th bowl game in 11 seasons and their second bowl game in four years in the Lone Star State. Navy, which had an automatic tie-in with the Armed Forces Bowl entering this season, played in the Texas Bowl in 2009, beating Missouri, 35-13.
Navy has one game left in the regular season before it begins preparing in earnest for Middle Tennessee State. The Midshipmen will play Army on Saturday in Philadelphia in the 114th installment of one of the most storied rivalries in college football history.
“All of our focus right now is on Army,” Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo said during a conference call. “As excited as we are knowing there’s a bowl game coming, now we know who our opponent is. We already knew where we were going as soon as we became bowl eligible. We knew we’d be going to Fort Worth, so we’re very excited.”
The Midshipmen (7-4) have won three games in a row and four of their past five. Navy has scored at least 42 points in each of its last three games thanks in large part to quarterback Keenan Reynolds. The sophomore matched an NCAA record with seven rushing touchdowns in a 59-52 triple-overtime win against San Jose State on Nov. 22.
Middle Tennessee State (8-4), meantime, has won five consecutive games and is headed to its fourth bowl game under Coach Rick Stockstill. The Blue Raiders are in their first season in Conference USA.