By Mallory Rubin
December 27, 2011

The 2011 Military Bowl is just a day away. We're sure you have so many questions. We're here to help. (For an Xs and Os breakdown, check out Matt Dollinger's game preview.)

What's all this, then? There are two military-centric bowl games in the college football postseason; this is the newer contest, not to be confused with Friday's Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Formerly known as the EagleBank Bowl, which always sounded made-up, the game is now sponsored by a massive defense contractor and properly titled the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman.

Where will this game be played? RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., longtime home of the Redskins before the advent of FedEx Field, and now home to MLS' D.C. United.

When is it on television? Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 28. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Whom does it feature? The ACC is currently the only permanent Military Bowl fixture; previous years have brought in teams from the MAC and Conference USA as well as Navy.

What about this year? Not enough ACC teams finished with adequate records to fulfill all league tie-ins, but the bowl ended up better for it: 7-5 Air Force had a tough schedule for a Mountain West team, and lost games to teams that ran the gamut from surprisingly good (Wyoming) to typically awesome (Boise State). Toledo's schedule was also an arduous one; the 8-4 Rockets also fell to the Broncos, played Ohio State close and hard, and lost a memorable Tuesday-night shootout to eventual conference champ Northern Illinois. (It is perhaps best not to mention the Rockets' overtime defeat against Syracuse; we swear they're better than that game made them look.)

Who will call the game? Pam Ward and Dan Hawkins, who'll have to recalibrate announcer senses attuned to the Big Ten to account for the defense-optional antics of the Falcons and Rockets. Jeannine Edwards will be on the sidelines.

What wacky activities/mild indignities will bowl participants be subjected to over the course of the week? This being the Military Bowl, game week activities have a more serious nature. Last year's contest netted a six-figure donation to the USO, and players this year visited the Armed Forces Retirement Home and a local VA hospital. It was all very proper, until Monday, when this popped up in the agenda: "A full day with Air Force and Toledo touring the US Capitol before loosening things up when a hypnotist comes to entertain both teams!" We will pay handsomely, in the form of homemade baked goods, for exclusive video footage of players from either team clucking like chickens in a state of trance.

Enough about the football. What about the loot? Players hoping to take home their very own Predator drones will be disappointed, but only slightly: Kindles and iPods await participating teams.

Stay tuned for more postseason FAQ sheets, and stay on top of a hectic postseason slate with our complete 2011-2012 College Football Bowl Schedule .

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