Inside the numbers: SMU vs. Army
* Army is appearing in its 5th all-time bowl game (2-2 record), and looking for its first bowl win since the 1985 Peach Bowl. SMU will play in its 13th bowl game (5-6-1 record). The Mustangs drilled Nevada in last year’s Hawaii Bowl 45-10.
* SMU apparently doesn’t enjoy playing service academy teams. Since 1967, the Mustangs are 2-11 against the academies, with the wins coming in 1993 and 1998 against Navy. Over that stretch, SMU is 2-7 vs Navy, 0-3 vs Air Force and 0-1 vs Army.
* The fact that SMU enters this game with a winning record gives it a decided advantage over Army. The Black Knights have lost 22 straight games against teams that were above .500 at game time. The last such win came in 2005, a 38-10 win over Arkansas State (5-4).
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