UPDATE: Temple completed their upset of Navy 34-10. If Brett McMurphy is correct, NT plays Army in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
If all that happens, the tentative plan would be as follows:
Navy is the highest-ranked Group of 5 champion
Navy goes to the Cotton Bowl, Western Michigan plays North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, and Army plays a Big 12 team, most likely Baylor, in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Western Michigan is the highest-ranked Group of 5 champion
Western Michigan goes to the Cotton Bowl, Army plays North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, and Navy plays a Big 12 team, most likely Baylor, in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Western Michigan won the MAC title game to go 13-0 and place themselves in position to get the highest group of five rating. Meanwhile Temple and Navy are battling in the American Conference Championship game right now.
Temple leads 14-0 at the end of the 1st Qtr.
Right now, that means scenario number two looks more likely.
Facing Army for the second time in a season is not unprecedented, but it is unusual. Add that weirdness to the fact that 2016 began a six-year series between the two programs. If Army and North Texas face off in the Heart of Dallas bowl, they will battle again next November in Denton.
Army has cooled off from their hot start, but they are still a tough team. They will enjoy the change to show their 7-TO loss in New York was a fluke, and NT will enjoy the home field advantage — and hopefully better weather — for a bowl.