After taking care of business on a cold wet day in Ypsilanti at “The Factory”, the Cadets are set to face off against the Zoomies in Michie. The Commander in Chief Trophy and 11 Game Home winning streak are on the line. The Falcons are actually the last team to beat The Army Team on our home turf in 2016. Before reading on make sure that you are caught up on last weeks superlatives written by yours truly and the Air Force Preview by Danno Cabeza.
This is the 53rd all time meeting between the two Academy’s. Air Force leads the series 35-16-1, but more recently we beat the Zoomies 21-0 in Falcon Stadium. Air Force has been unbelievable at Falcon Stadium under Head Coach Calhoun. They are an impressive 52-20 when playing in that hypoxic atmosphere. That alone makes our win year last impressive, but the shutout of the Falcons ended their 306 consecutive game scoring streak. That was the first time the Falcons have failed to score since 1992 and failed to score at home since 1980.
— As For Football (@asforfootball) November 2, 2018
The good news is that we aren’t playing at Falcon Stadium. So this week, we’ve been having a blast on Social Media. If your not following us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter you should start. We have been a little behind on posting this week due to the following reasons 1) Acquiring the Turnover Chain and 2) Releasing The College Football Show. Right now it is available on our website as an audio file and on iTunes or Google Play. Those link and the embedded audio player can be found here.
Keys to Victory:
- Be Efficient in the Red Zone – Last week against Eastern Michigan we were in the Red Zone six times and kicked three field goals. Yes our Red Zone percentage was 100%, but we were 50% on the more important statistic of touchdown percentage. Given the Falcons tough run defense and 37th ranked Red Zone Defense, we need to capital when we get in the Red Zone.
- Less than 4 Tackles for Loss – Currently we are only allowing 3.25 TFL/game. Air Force’s extermely out of Height and Weight standard D-Line is getting penetration and raking up over 6 TFL each Saturday. It is getting to not get behind the sticks to extend our drives and play keep away.
- Hold Isaiah Sanders (or whichever QB plays) to 2 Touchdowns – Look Sanders is the only player with 100 yard rushing in a single game. He has also thrown the ball well as the Air Force offense hasn’t been able to get it going on the ground. I don’t think the Falcon Running Back’s will score more than once. Teams WILL NOT beat us if they don’t score more than 21 points. It’s that simple.
- Possess the Ball for over 36 minutes – Air Force will be playing the same game as us: Keep Away. The winner of this battle has a great shot of winning the war!
- Average 4+ yards/carry – The Falcons have stopped a lot of good running teams this year. Air Force is 16th nationally in rushing defense at 108.4 yards/game. Air Force held San Diego State to just 84 rushing yards (2.5 yards/carry) and Navy to only 129 yards rushing. The Midshipmen entered the game leading the nation in rushing with a 355.8 average. If we can get the running game going all things will fall into place.
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— U.S. Military Academy at West Point (@WestPoint_USMA) November 1, 2018
Final Word and Prediction:
Weather is showing over 20mph winds. That’s going to make it hard for a “pass heavy” Air Force to throw the ball. I see this as a close game with Army winning 24-17…Mike Viti coached Woolfolk puts it away late.
Beat Air Force. Rest.