The Air Force Falcons will host the Utah State Aggies in MWC action Saturday night from Falcon Stadium. The Aggies came through with an easy 36-10 home win over Nevada in their latest game, and the Falcons clobbered Hawaii 56-26 in their previous action. Air Force recorded a 42-32 home win against Air Force last season.
Utah State Remains Undefeated in Conference Play
The Utah State Aggies will look to keep their perfect MWC record intact in this big matchup. The Aggies feature a 3-0 record in conference play, placing them in a tie with Boise State atop the MWC Mountain standings. Utah State made easy work of Nevada in a 36-10 home win last week in a game that had the Aggies labeled as 23 point favorites. Jordan Love was off his game in the winning effort, posting 169 passing yards with one touchdown against one interception. The junior QB hasn’t found his groove yet this season, registering 1506 passing yards with a 7:9 TD to INT ratio.
The Utah State running game is a big threat led by the duo of Gerold Bright and Jaylen Warren. Bright accumulated 126 rushing yards against Nevada last week, and the senior is up to 445 rushing yards. Warren has eclipsed 400 rushing yards on the season as well, and both should make an impact on this game, but it won’t be easy against a solid rush defense.
Siaosi Mariner is Love’s preferable target in the air. The senior WR secured another 53 receiving yards last week, and he has a team-leading 403 receiving yards. The Utah State offense is capable of huge damage both in the air and on the ground and QB Jordan Love should rebound with a solid effort this week against a Falcons team that will give up yards in the air.
The Aggies defense has been stellar in their three MWC wins. They have contained their opposition for the most part with the exception of losses to Wake Forest and LSU. Utah State is scoring an average of 32.7 points, ranking them 43rd in the FBS. They are holding opponents to 23 points, good for 44th overall. The Aggies are 1-2 on the road.
Air Force' Scoring Barrage Resumes in Win vs. Hawaii
The Air Force Falcons are aiming for their third consecutive victory. The Falcons powerhouse offense led them to a victory against Fresno State and a 56-26 road win against Hawaii in their latest action this past weekend to lift their MWC record to 3-1. Their lone conference loss came against San Jose State. Air Force does not attempt many passes as their offense consists primarily of rushes. Falcons’ #1 QB Donald Hammond III exited last week’s game with a shoulder injury and he is questionable. The junior QB has only recorded 677 passing yards. Mike Schmidt came in for Hammond last week and he tallied 147 passing yards and 120 rushing yards. The senior QB was awarded MWC offensive player of the week as a result.
The Falcons feature four running backs with at least 250 rushing yards. They are led by Kadin Remsberg with 531 rushing yards on an average of six yards per attempt. Taven Birdow is right behind him with 462 rushing yards. They will utilize several players on the ground, and last week it was QB Mike Schmidt who led the way on the ground with 120 rushing yards.
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Geraud Sanders is the Falcons clear top choice in the air. The senior WR leads the way with 479 receiving years on 20 receptions. The Air Force offense has been very productive in conference play and really, the only team to contain them was Boise State.
The Falcons defense is also playing well. They continue to shut down the run game with the 20th ranked rush defense in the FBS, while their pass defense is 74th overall. This is a big test as Utah State will be one of the toughest offensive opponents this season they have seen this season. Air Force is scoring an average of 37.4 points, ranking them 18th overall. They are conceding an average of 24 points, placing them 49th in the country. The Falcons hold a 3-0 home record.
The Utah State Aggies are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record.
- 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS win.
- 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games overall.
The Air Force Falcons are:
- 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 conference games.