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Air Force now enters the murderer's row portion of their schedule. Over the next three weeks, they face a tough road game against San Diego State before traveling to take on #4 TCU. They are rewarded with a home game against #11 Utah before going back on the road against Army.
But, under Troy Calhoun, the Falcons have played some of their best football in the seasons' second halves. This next game is particularly important, since it will serve as the launching pad into back to back matchups against the conference Goliaths.
San Diego State has also looked solid in the season's first half, losing a heartbreaker against #22 Missouri and dropping a surprising game against BYU this past week. While I think this game will be close, I like Air Force to win it in the fourth quarter. I also like Air Force to surprise Utah in Colorado Springs.
But, beating TCU on the road will likely be a bridge too far. Look for Air Force to give them a scare before succoming to the greater talent.
Still, the Falcons may represent the conference's best chance of beating the Horned Frogs, who may boast the nation's best defense, one that has looked nearly impenetrable at times. While the Utes have the good fortune to draw TCU at home, Air Force has an offense that is somewhat unfamiliar to TCU and could give the Falcons a chance. That offensive system, which relies so heavily on misdirection and assignment football, has the potential to be the great equalizer.
Final Record Prediction: 10-2