Air Force Falcons(4-4) at Army Black Knights(6-2)
- Start Time: 3:30 PM EST
- Location: Falcon Stadium, USAFA, Colorado
- TV: CBSSN
- Weather: 62 degrees at kick with a 0% chance of rain
- Line: Air Force -6, O/U 54
- FPI: Air Force 52.2%
Air Force Falcons
The Falcons are coming into this game on fire, winning three straight games, beating UNLV, Nevada, and an impressive win at Colorado State.
QB Arion Worthman has led this team out of the 1-4 hole the team dug to start the season. He has thrown for 830 yards and nine touchdowns as well as run for 759 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Worthman’s offense is extremely high powered, scoring 38.3 points per game and gaining nearly 465 yards per game. Air Force can score, but their defense can’t stop anyone. They give up 32.6 points per game and close to 400 yards each game. They have shown they have zero run defense giving up a combined 834 yards to two option teams, Navy and New Mexico. If Air Force can’t stop the run, Army will shoot them out of the sky(pardon my awful joke) and blow them out. But if Air Force can somehow learn to stop the run, they can keep themselves in the game and possibly win it.
Army Black Knights
Army is coming off a much-needed bye week after playing eight straight weeks. With the bye week, it gave senior safety Rhyan England, who’s been out the last five games, time to recover and he might be able to play this week, Monken had this to say about the possibility:
“He really wants to play. There’s high emotions in these games. If he can, he will, I’m sure.”
If England can go it will help Army a lot because he is a natural born leader and is the quarterback of the defense. When he plays, Army’s defense is just better, that’s the best way to explain it. It’s nothing against Max Regan, he’s played outstanding with a pick-six, fumble recovery and a lot of tackles. He has filled England’s role as best as anyone could.
Army needs a huge game from QB Ahmad Bradshaw in order to win the first leg in the battle for the Commander in Chief Trophy. The quarterback is 18th in the nation in rushing yards with 867 and seven touchdowns. He also doesn’t turn the ball over, which is key in a triple option where you have to worry about mesh points and making reads, it’s quite easy to lose the ball.
Something that gets no love but should, is Army’s special teams. Extra point attempts are no longer scary to watch, Nick Schrage is booming punts down the field, Kell Walker is a threat to take a kick to the house every time he receives one, and they are blocking kicks. In the past, special teams would lose games for the Black Knights, but now it’s a strength of the team.
This should be a great game, head coach Jeff Monken has done everything at West Point except win a CiC and beat Air Force, could this be the year? If Monken is going to do it, it’s is with this team. This is the best team he has had at Army, this might just be the year he gets it done.
Air Force has the ball rolling and has been on fire lately, Colorado State is no joke and they made them look silly, beating them 45-28.
This should be a back and forth affair with whoever gets the ball last winning the game. I really don’t know how to call this game, it can go either way, it’s a complete toss-up. One second I’m leaning Army, the next Air Force.
Army 35-Air Force 31