And over the last five years, BYU (48-16) ranks No. 12 in the country in overall record during that span. Tulsa (44-21) is No. 20.
"I'm really intrigued and excited about playing Tulsa," Mendenhall said. "You have two of the most winning programs in the country over the past five or six years and you have two teams with similar seasons."
Because the two teams appear to be evenly matched, with explosive offenses, many observers see this bowl as a shootout that might not be decided until the waning moments.
"I think both teams will be hungry and motivated as most of the bowl games I've seen this year seem to be good matchups and came down to the end. I wouldn't be surprised if that happens in our game," Mendenhall said. "There's a reason most people are predicting this to be an even football game going into it. Both teams are similar. I think both teams are anxious to play a quality opponent on a nice stage to finish the season. A lot's at stake."
COUGARS ON THE AIR
Armed Forces Bowl
Tulsa (8-4) vs. BYU (9-3)
Dec. 30, 10 a.m., MT
Ford Stadium, Dallas
TV: ESPN Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM
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