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Navy finally has opponent for Armed Forces Bowl, playing Middle Tennessee on Dec. 30


Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo, left, speaks during a media availability, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Philadelphia. Army and Navy NCAA college football teams are scheduled to play Saturday, Dec. 14 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (The Associated Press)

Middle Tennessee will make its first bowl appearance in three years when the Blue Raiders play Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl.

Navy (7-4) was a conditional pick for the bowl even before the season, and the Midshipmen guaranteed their spot in the Dec. 30 game when they got their sixth win last month. They still have one regular-season game to play, Saturday against Army in Philadelphia.

Middle Tennessee (8-4) won its last five games, and has its second consecutive eight-win season. The Red Raiders, who are in Conference USA, last played in a bowl game in 2010, losing to Miami, Ohio, in the Bowl.

Navy is in its 10th bowl in 11 years.

This is the 11th Armed Forces Bowl. The game is played on the TCU campus.