Rice vs. Air Force: Why Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Is Must-See TV

Austin GreenCorrespondent IApril 10, 2017

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 08: Connor Dietz #11 of the Air Force Falcons throws a second quarter pass while playing the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl isn't exactly a high-profile game, but it is still must-see TV for college football fans.

Rice and Air Force are two intriguing teams that should provide quite the show on Saturday. Both finished the regular season at just 6-6, but they are quality programs with several explosive players.

It should be an evenly-matched contest, and it certainly has the potential to be the most exciting non-BCS bowl this season.

Here are the main reasons to tune in.


No Defense

Who needs defense anyway? Well, both of these teams I guess, since they only won six games this year. But still, I love me a shootout, and you can count on one taking place when these two teams step on the field.

Rice is 41st in the nation with 31.8 points per game. During their current four-game winning streak, the Owls are averaging 40.5. And, of course, they haven't been able to stop anybody, allowing 31.3 points per game this season (89th in nation).

On the other end, Air Force averaged 28.5 points per game during the regular season, while giving up 28.7. It scored over 40 points three times this season, and allowed more than 40 points twice.

The scoreboard operator should be busy in this one.


Air Force's Triple-Option Offense

Air Force runs the triple-option offense, which is one of the most interesting strategies in college football. If you haven't seen it, the triple-option alone is worth a few hours of your time.

Falcons quarterback Connor Dietz runs it beautifully, studying the position of the defense before choosing which option to hit. Usually he will either keep the ball himself, hand it off to senior running back Cody Getz, or occasionally bomb it deep.

Dietz only had two games with more than 12 pass attempts this season, and in November, Air Force became the first FBS team in three years to run the ball every single play. Still, Dietz is capable of throwing the long ball at any moment.

It's an incredibly entertaining offense, and it will be very difficult for Rice to stop.


Taylor McHargue

The Owls' junior quarterback has been on fire lately. During Rice's four-game winning streak, McHargue has completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 843 yards, three touchdowns and just one interception.

On the season, he's racked up 2,178 passing yards and 11 touchdowns. The dual-threat quarterback was also a menace on the ground, rushing for 628 yards and 11 more scores.

McHargue is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the country, and he's a threat to explode at any moment. Keep an eye on him today, as he will likely make several highlight-reel plays.