Army Black Knights (3-5) vs. Air Force Falcons (6-2)
- Start Time: 3:30 PM ET
- Location: Falcon Stadium, USAFA, CO
- TV: CBSSN
- Line: Air Force -16
- FPI: Air Force 87.8%
- O/U: 45.5
- Series: Air Force leads 36-16-1, Army two straight wins
This isn’t going to be your normal preview. We’re doing this one different for the big game.
It’s not a secret, Army is struggling, they are in the midst of a four-game losing streak and a bowl game is looking less and less likely with each passing week.
Something else that isn’t a secret: these two teams and coaches
hate dislike each other strongly. Army/Navy is the more historic and meaningful rivalry, but Army/Air Force has been much more heated over the last few years. From a pre-game fight between Air Force coaches and Army special teamers in 2016, to Air Force’s head coach Troy Calhoun talking trash in press conferences, to Air Force complaining about their Falcon to distract people from their loss last season. A perfect example of how heated it’s been over the last few years is Jeff Ejekam bullying an Air Force DB two years ago.
— Jeff Ejekam (Jefé) ?? (@JeffEjekam) October 31, 2018
Army is desperate for a win and Air Force wants payback for the last two years. Saturday is going to be chippy.
Air Force is good this year, they have two solid quarterbacks and fullbacks. They put up 36.6 points per game and 442.5 yards per game. They have been extremely hard to stop this year and with Army’s struggling defense, Air Force might be able to blow them out.
Army’s offense was good last week against SJSU, the only time they got stopped was when they penalized themselves. The Black Knights had three quarterbacks play and all of them looked good. Kelvin Hopkins is listed as the starter but look out for Jabari Laws and Christain Anderson to get playing time.
The only way for Army to have a shot in this game is if they score on every possession and that’s going to be extremely difficult because the Falcons give up 3.3 yards per carry. If the Black Knights can get the outside game going again with Kell Walker and Artice Hobbs, the fullback dive is bound to start working eventually. The fullback dive can no longer be the go-to option though, the o-line isn’t built for it.
I want nothing more than to be wrong when I say this, but I have to be honest. This game has a high likelihood of getting real ugly and Troy Calhoun will try to run up the score. If he can score 60, he will do everything in his power to do so.
That being said, this could be the game where Army gets back on the right track and plays Army football again.
I don’t see it happening though, Army’s losing streak will grow to five.
Buckle-up Army fans, this is going to be a tough one.
Air Force 42-Army 14