Air Force (8-5) and California (7-5) will meet in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl in Ft. Worth, Texas at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Here are three reasons to watch:
1. High-powered -- yet markedly different -- offenses: If you like points, this may be one of your favorite bowl games. It will feature the triple option versus the Bear Raid. Air Force passes enough to loosen up opposing defenses, but its bread and butter is on the ground, where it leads the nation averaging 321.8 yards per game behind Jacobi Owens and Karson Roberts. Cal's run defense has struggled, allowing more than 200 yards per game, so the pressure may be on the Bears' offense to pick up the slack.
If it indeed comes to that, Sonny Dykes still has reason to be confident in his team. Despite a slightly disappointing season offensively, Cal finished on a tear and proved capable of winning a shootout in its 48-46 win against Arizona State. The Bears have a deep wide receiving corps that can inflict serious damage, and they have the kind of quarterback necessary to get that group the ball.
2. Jared Goff: He's the Cal quarterback that we speak of, and this may well be his final college game. Many have speculated that the junior will be a high pick in the 2016 NFL draft if he chooses to forego his final season of college eligibility. If this is the last we see of Goff in a Bears uniform, it's been a fun run: He started as a true freshman and weathered Cal's 1-11 season to lead the charge in turning the ship around. Now, in Year 3, the Bears have reached their first bowl game since 2011.
Running back Daniel Lasco's injury troubles limited Goff's arsenal this season, but he still finished the regular season in spectacular fashion, throwing for 542 yards and six touchdowns in the Bears' comeback win against the Sun Devils. Goff's quick release and strong arm make him a fun talent to watch, so be sure to pay attention just in case he decides to move on after the season. He already holds 26 school records.
3. A cool trophy: Cal has already secured its first winning season since 2011, but finishing on a high note is important here, especially since Dykes just signed a contract extension but many of his key pieces may depart this offseason. It feels like the program's momentum hangs in the balance, and the same could be said of an Air Force program that is gunning for back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time since 1998.
Oh, and the trophy itself is a reason to watch this bowl game. According to Scout's Ryan Gorcey, "All branches of the military have equipment melted down and put into the new [Armed Forces Bowl] trophy, and it includes a piece of the USS Fort Worth."