Kickoff for the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, played annually at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium, is set for Friday, Dec. 23, at 3:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPN.
A bowl eligible team from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Big 12 Conference team will face off in the game.
Last year, the California Golden Bears – led by the 2016 NFL Draft’s No. 1 overall pick, quarterback Jared Goff – beat the Air Force Academy Falcons, 55-36. The game brought in a crowd of about 38,915.
“Our game continues to grow, and previous successes have allowed to us to take advantage of a Friday afternoon window to televise our unique patriotic event,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. “This year gives us a fantastic opportunity to showcase the events surrounding our game, as well as the great city of Fort Worth, to our participating teams and a national television audience.”
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl pays tribute to the military throughout the game, featuring ceremonies like flyovers, military family reunions and presentations by armed forces bands and honor guards.
2016 will mark the 14th year the bowl game has been played and the first time since 2006 that the bowl will take place before Christmas Day.
The seventh annual Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Fair Park. This year’s Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl featuring teams Conference USA and the Big Ten is slated to kick off at 11 a.m. CT (noon ET), and televised nationally on ESPN.
Other Bowl Game Dates:
The Associated Press
(Subject to Change)
All Times EST
Dec. 17 — Celebration Bowl, Atlanta, Noon (ABC)
Dec. 17 — New Mexico Bowl, Albuquerque, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 17 — Las Vegas Bowl, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Dec. 17 — Camelia Bowl, Montgomery, Ala., 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 17 — Cure Bowl, Orlando, Fla., 7 p.m.
Dec. 17 — New Orleans Bowl, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 19 — Miami Beach Bowl, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 20 — Boca Raton (Fla.) Bowl, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 21 — Poinsettia Bowl, San Diego, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 22 — Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 23 — Bahamas Bowl, Nassau, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 23 — Armed Forces Bowl, Fort Worth, Texas, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 23 — GoDaddy Bowl, Mobile, Ala., 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 24 — Hawaii Bowl, Honolulu, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 26 — St. Petersburg (Fla.) Bowl, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 26 — Quick Lane Bowl, Detroit, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Dec. 26 — Independence Bowl, Shreveport, La., 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
Dec. 27 — Dallas Bowl, Noon (ESPN)
Dec. 27 — Military Bowl, Annapolis, Md., 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 27 — Holiday Bowl, San Diego, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 27 — Cactus Bowl, Phoenix, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 28 — Pinstripe Bowl, Bronx, N.Y., 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 28 — Russell Athletic Bowl, Orlando, Fla., 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 29 — Texas Bowl, Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 29 — Birmingham (Ala.) Bowl, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 29 — Belk Bowl, Charlotte, N.C. 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 29 — Alamo Bowl, San Antonio, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 30 — Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn., Noon (ESPN)
Dec. 30 — Music City Bowl, Nashville, Tenn., 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 30 — Orange Bowl, Miami Gardens, Fla., 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 31 — Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla., 11 a.m. (ABC)
Dec. 31 — TaxSlayer Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla., 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 31 — CFP Semifinal at Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta, 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Dec. 31 — CFP Semifinal at Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz., 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Jan. 2 — Outback Bowl, Tampa, Fla., 1 p.m. (ABC)
Jan. 2 — Cotton Bowl Classic, Arlington, Texas, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Jan. 2 — Rose Bowl Game, Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Jan. 2 — Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Jan. 9 — College Football Championship Game (Semifinal winners), Tampa, Fla., 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
TBA — Foster Farms Bowl, Santa Clara, Calif.