Saturday, September 8th
Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
Radio: Kall 700
All-time Series: Air Force leads 13-10
Last meeting: 2006 (Utah 17, Air Force 14)
What to expect when Air Force has the ball: Probably something we haven't seen from the Falcons ever. Air Force has radically changed their offense and I wouldn't be surprised if they try and run it up the gut against the Utes, then open the game up through the air. Shaun Carney is a good quarterback who will test Utah's secondary early and if he hits his receivers, don't expect them to deviate from that plan. For good measure I think the Falcons will throw in some wishbone plays and run the option, but definitely not as much as they did under Fisher DeBerry.
How the Utes win: Run, run and run some more. If the Utes can find a running game, they should be ok. But if this turns into a track meet between Shaun Carney and Tommy Grady, the edge automatically goes to the Falcons. I'm not completely neglecting the passing game, but there are doubts and until I see evidence that the passing game can work, I'm going to be skeptical of its ability. But I think if Utah is going to have success, they will need a grind it out game plan. Hopefully, the offensive line does enough to create holes and blocks well enough for Utah's backs.
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