At the beginning of the season, few could have seen either of North Texas or Army playing in a bowl game, given that the clubs had a combined 3-21 record in 2015. But now, they’ll be facing off in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Both teams will be going to their first bowl game under their head coaches. North Texas went 5-7 in its first year under Seth Littrell, while Army went 7-5 under third-year head coach Jeff Monken. Army won just six games in its first two years under Monken.
Army is coming off a dramatic win over Navy, its first since 2001, while North Texas joins Mississippi State as one of two 5-7 teams to qualify for a bowl game.
Army vs. North Texas: Heart of Dallas Bowl game time, details
Time: Noon ET kickoff
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 27
Location: Cotton Bowl, Dallas
The line: Army is a 10-point favorite
What TV channel is the Heart of Dallas Bowl between Army and North Texas on?
It will be televised nationally on ESPN.
How can I watch the Heart of Dallas Bowl between North Texas and Army online?
It can be watched online via WatchESPN.
How can I listen to the Heart of Dallas Bowl between Army and North Texas on the radio?
Who is calling the Heart of Dallas Bowl for ESPN?
Allen Bestwick, Mike Bellotti, Kris Budden
Army vs. North Texas keys to the Heart of Dallas Bowl
1. Location, location location:
North Texas doesn’t have to travel far for this bowl game, as the school is located just outside of Dallas. Army, on the other hand, will be coming from upstate New York. While Army has alums all over the country, North Texas should have a pretty decent home-field advantage for the game.
2. A Navy hangover:
Army beating Navy was a huge win for the program, and that cannot be overstated. The game was Army’s Super Bowl. And while both of these teams will love the opportunity to play in a bowl game, it’s fair to wonder if Army can match its intensity from the Navy game.
3. A rematch:
These two teams already have met once this season, as the two teams played at West Point back on Oct. 22. North Texas came away from the game with a 35-18 win, but these two teams have had different results since that game. North Texas lost four of its final five games (with three of those coming to bowl teams), while Army is riding a two-game winning streak.