Air Force will have an opportunity to rebound from their loss to Army when they visit San Diego State on Saturday. The Falcons are just 5-4 on the season, but they are 4-1 in the Mountain West and in a virtual first-place tie with the Aztecs and two other teams.
San Diego State has a much easier route to a conference title after this game. They finish with Wyoming (2-7, 1-4) in two weeks, while the Falcons still have to face Hawaii (1-7, 0-5) and Fresno State (7-3, 5-1).
When: Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
Watch: NBC Sports Network
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line (via OddsShark)
Over/Under: OFF, Spread: San Diego State -9½
I like the Aztecs to win this game, but they may not score enough to cover the spread. San Diego State will lean on the run and Air Force doesn't exactly have an air attack.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
BCS/Top 25 Implications
The win over Boise State puts San Diego State in the driver's seat to win the Mountain West Conference, or at least a share of the title. But the only way for one of the teams to receive a BCS bid is to finish in the top-16 of the BCS rankings.
The Aztecs could make a run at the Top 25 but it is unlikely. They lost to Fresno State, San Jose State and Washington, all of whom should all be ahead of them to crack the Top 25.
Air Force Player to Watch: Cody Getz, RB
The Falcons feature a 5'7", 175 lb. running back. He averages 7.0 yards per carry, compiling 951 yards on 136 carries.
Getz has been dealing with an ankle injury, though, and has struggled over the last month. He returned to the lineup for Army but had just 23 yards on 14 carries.
The Air Force offense runs through Getz. He needs to be on the field and producing for the Falcons to have a chance to pull this game out.
San Diego State Player to Watch: Adam Muema, RB
Muema had a rough start to the season, picking up just 31 yards on 11 attempts. Since that time he's been quite productive. He's rushed for over 1,000 yards and averages 6.0 yards per carry.
The high-point of his season was a 202-yard performance against San Jose State. He dropped 127 yards on 25 carries last week in the 21-19 win over Boise State.
Prediction: San Diego State 31, Air Force 24
Both of these schools can play solid defense and offense. They have been involved in some high-scoring games and a few tough battles.
The Aztecs have a very good run game while the Falcons' defense struggles to stop the run, particularly on the road. A run-heavy offense by San Diego State should keep scoring lower than if both sides were to air the ball out.
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.
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