Army is the first team in college football to be offered and accept a bowl invitation.
The Black Knights officially announced that they’ve accepted an invitation to play in the 2020 Independence Bowl in Shreveport, LA.
First team in 2020 to be offered and accept a bowl bid‼️
— Army Football (@ArmyWP_Football) October 24, 2020
Army is 6-1 on the season so far. Most of the team’s games have resulted in blowouts, including a 49-3 routing of the Mercer Bears on Saturday. Its only loss came in a matchup with a good No. 14 Cincinnati team early in the season.
The Black Knights certainly have the talent to continue winning. With the year going so well for Army, why commit to a bowl so early in the season?
Per ESPN, Army reached a deal with the Independence Bowl back in 2019 that locked the Black Knights in to play if they qualified in the 2020, 2022 and 2024 seasons. A clause in the agreement states that Army does have the option to accept a different bowl game once in the three-game cycle if it so chooses. Clearly 2020 is not the year.
While unlikely, the team would also have the option to breach the contract if it were to get an invitation to a New Year’s Six bowl game later this year.
Regardless, it’s no doubt a weight off the Black Knights’ shoulders to accept a bid so early in the season, especially after their lackluster 5-8 record in 2019.