First off, apologies need to be given to the Falcons. I believed they would fall off after losing nearly 98 percent of their offense in quarterback Chad Hall. The projections here had the Falcons winning only five games and finishing in the bottom third of the league. Here is how my projections were back in August:
- Lock it up… Southern Utah
- 50/50… @Wyoming, @Houston, Utah, Navy, @San Diego State, @UNLV, New Mexico, @Army, Colorado State
- No Chance… BYU, @TCU
- Projected Record: 5-7
Despite my forecast, the Falcons got off to a very good 8-2 start before falling to BYU, TCU, and Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Due to this success, The Academy awarded Troy Calhoun with a five year contract extension, after he finished in the top half of the league and led Air Force to its second bowl appearance during his tenure.
During the year, Air Force switched quarterbacks early on and finally settled in with freshman Tim Jefferson. This is rare, as it's rare for the Academy to have a freshman start at any position, let alone quarterback. Jefferson took over for Shea Smith, ran the Falcon option offense effectively, and led the team just on the cusp of the top 25.
The running game as usual keyed the Falcons. It was a balanced attack, featuring several players who accumulated 3,470 yards and 27 touchdowns.
In typical Air Force fashion, there was little or no passing in most games. The Falcons had eight games with less than ten pass attempts, yet won most of those games. In one game, the Falcons failed to complete a pass, yet still came away with a victory.
Early in the year, the Falcons had trouble with special teams and turning over the ball. Both of those facets cost the Falcons in early season losses to Utah and Navy.
The other losses were just to better teams in the BYU, TCU, and Air Force loss. Overall this season was much better then expected for the Falcons.
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