Air Force Falcons (3-2) vs. Army Black Knights (8-2)
- Start Time: 3:30 PM EST
- Location: Michie Stadium, West Point, NY
- TV: CBSSN
- Line: Air Force -2.5
- FPI: Army 52.1%
- O/U: 37
- Series: Air Force leads 37-16 (Army won 2 of the last 3)
Air Force’s starting QB from last season Donald Hammond III entered the transfer portal a few months ago and the team has cycled through a few QB’s to figure out which one works best.
In their loss to Boise State, they used Warren Bryan and Ben Brittain. The Falcons were able to hang around for the first quarter but then Boise flexed their muscle and pretty much stopped the Air Force offense until garbage time.
They killed Navy in their first game 40-7 and I’m going to be completely honest, I don’t know how they scored 40 points. They haven’t looked outstanding. They haven’t looked bad by any means, but nothing special.
The offense has looked better in their last two games, scoring 28 in their win against New Mexico and 35 against Utah State. Those have been their two weakest opponents but they looked good in those games.
Air Force’s defense is an interesting one. They gave up seven points to a bad Navy offense and 17 points to undefeated SJSU’s offense, they followed up those two decent performances by giving up 49 to a Broncos team that started their backup QB. They followed that up by blanking New Mexico and giving up seven Utah State. Are they good? Are they bad? I don’t know. I’m leaning on the good side, but also wouldn’t be shocked if they get gashed by Army’s offense.
Army is coming off their first shutout of Navy since 1969. The defense has been playing with their hair on fire. Holding opponents to 14.7 points per game.
They need another outstanding performance to get a win against Air Force.
Cedrick Cunningham Jr. was the key player against Navy and I’d expect him to be a key again. He never gives up on a play and will blow up an option pitch.
Tyhier Tyler has the starting QB job. It’s his now. He gives them the best chance to win and move the ball. It seemed like they didn’t trust him to make pitches last week but if they want to win this game, they’ll have to get the ball outside more often. Air Force’s run defense isn’t bad like Navy’s, running up the middle the entire game won’t work.
More Tyrell Robinson and the other slotbacks and Army should be able to win the game.
Both team’s run defense is absolutely insane. This game might come down to who can complete a surprise pass.
Army/Navy is the more historic and meaningful rivalry but Army/Air Force is by far more heated. These players don’t like each other, these coaches don’t like each other. It feels like a genuine hatred for the other side. With Army/Navy, while heated, there feels like a mutual respect between the two sides. There is none of that in this game. Expect it to be chippy.
Army wins a close one and brings the CIC back to West Point for the third time in the last four years.
Army 17-Air Force 10