The Navy Midshippmen have received the first bowl bid of the 2016 season and one-third of their schedule is yet to be played. During their game with Tulsa, the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl released an official statement extending an offer to the military academy to play in the 2016 bowl game.
“We are absolutely delighted to officially offer the Naval Academy an invitation to play in the 2016 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl,” Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Executive Director Brant Ringler said in a statement.
“Coach Ken Niumatalolo and Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk are tremendous individuals who run a first-class program. We are thrilled to be able to host the Navy football team and the legions of midshipmen in Fort Worth once again.”
The academy has not officially responded to the invitation yet.
Navy is still in the running to receive a bid to other, more prestigious bowl games. If they qualify for a New Year’s Six Bowl, they would obviously jump to that opportunity. If not, we will very likely see the Midshipmen accepting this invite.
The 14th Annual Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth on Friday, Dec. 23 at 4:30 p.m. ET. If the Midshipmen are in the game, they will take on a team from the Big 12 Conference.
Navy has had a surprisingly good year, the highlight of which was beating Notre Dame and casting a major blow to their bowl considerations at the time. Running an option attack, quarterback Will Worth has only 95 passing attempts this season, but has totaled 793 rushing yards and leads them in that category.
Ken Niumatalolo has been the coach at Navy since 2007 and finished 11-2 last year.
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