Can The Air Force Defense Help Get The Season Back On Track?

Written By Ian St. Clair on 09/24/2021
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On the surface, the local college football slate doesn’t look that great.

On either side of the equation, blowouts are on the horizon (at least based on the odds).

Then there’s Air Force, a team that could have back-to-back exciting games.

The Falcons are on the heels of a helluva game last Saturday against Utah State that saw them lose in gut-punching fashion, 49-45.

Now Air Force looks to shake off the turbulence and steady the season as it hosts Florida Atlantic at 6 p.m. MT on Saturday at Falcon Stadium. Both teams enter the weekend 2-1, the college football betting odds have it incredibly tight, and the matchup is this week’s PlayColorado College Football Game of the Week.

Florida Atlantic vs Air Force odds

 

The Falcons are a slight home favorite at over Florida Atlantic. Some of the sportsbooks have Air Force as high as -5. Needless to say, this has the potential to be a really fun game.

As for the other betting market for this game, the over/under is at .

If last week is any indication, the Falcons almost hit that number by themselves.

The 45 points scored against Utah State is also the 34th time since 2016 that Air Force has scored 30 or more points in a game.

Whether Air Force wins, covers and hits the over will come to the defense.

While Colorado does allow fans to bet on the in-state teams, unlike Illinois and Virginia, the state does not allow college football prop bets.

All about the Falcons defense

In the loss to the Aggies, Air Force gave up an eye-popping 628 yards of total offense. Of that, 448 came through the passing game.

If the Falcons can limit even a skosh of that this week, they have a great chance.

But the task doesn’t get any easier with N’Kosi Perry. In his first three games, the Florida Atlantic quarterback has 871 yards passing and seven touchdowns. Perry is averaging 8.5 yards per completion for a 63.1 completion percentage.

If Air Force can’t limit the damage Perry and the Owls offense does through the air, it will come down to the offense.

Against Utah State, Air Force racked up 619 yards of total offense, 437 yards rushing. About the only negative from the Falcons offense was the two turnovers.

If the Falcons can win the turnover battle, that’s the first step. You know they will run the ball and do so with a high success rate.

For Air Force to get back on track it needs a stop or two on defense.

Either way, this has the potential to be another helluva game to bet and watch.

Photo by AP / Jason E. Miczek
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Ian St. Clair is an award-winning sports journalist. He is a University of Northern Colorado graduate, Colorado native and has over a decade of experience covering college and professional athletics. Ian does a weekly Broncos segment each Saturday on Klahr and Kompany on Denver radio station ESPN 1600 AM.

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