The Army football program is officially headed to the postseason.
After beating Temple 31-28 in overtime on Saturday, Army improved to 6-2 and automatically qualified for a postseason bowl game. They will play a team from the Big Ten once bowl season nears and slots are decided.
The Black Knights accepted the invitation immediately following their victory.
Why the quick decision? Army was contractually obligated to appear int he Armed Force bowl this season if they managed to become bowl eligible. They were expected to win at least six games this season, but to do so by mid- October is truly an impressive accomplishment.
Army won eight games in total last season, eventually knocking of North Texas in the Heart of Texas Bowl. The year before that, they managed only two wins the entire year.
Coach Jeff Monken is in his fourth year as head coach of the Black Knights and appears to be looking ahead at his best yet.
With games against Air Force, Duke, North Texas and Navy remaining on their schedule, it’s not beyond reason to think that Army can finish the regular season as a 10-win team. Their lost to Tulane stands out as the biggest disappointment, but that doesn’t matter now.
They’ve sealed their fate and are headed to the Armed Forces Bowl.