Where: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
When: Saturday, September 14, 1:00 PM. ET.
Fresh off an overtime win over 25th ranked Nebraska, the Colorado Buffaloes will be going for their third consecutive win when they host the Air Force Falcons on Saturday afternoon.
Falcons Going For Second Consecutive Win
The Falcons looked impressive in their season-opener, easily dispatching the Colgate Raiders at home. Even though the win was a good morale booster for the team, they will need to quickly move past it as they face their toughest test of the early season on Saturday.
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— Air Force Football (@AF_Football) September 5, 2019
Air Force is known for its running game with the triple option and the team didn’t disappoint against the Raiders. The Falcons rushed for 423 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging an impressive 6.5 yards per carry. They will try to keep Colorado’s offense off the field for as long as possible with their ground game.
With the team running the ball so well against the Raiders, they did not have to throw the ball much, which is why Isaiah Sanders only threw the ball once in the game.
Air Force’s defense will have their hands full with Colorado’s passing game, which is putting up an average of 303.5 yards per game, which is 28th in the country. If they can pressure the quarterback into making mistakes, they will give themselves a chance to get the win.
Buffaloes Hoping Passing Attack Will Lead Them To Victory
The Buffaloes are off to a great start for the second consecutive season and will be trying to pick up their third consecutive win on Saturday. The team played well in their first two games thanks to a balanced attack that has kept opposing defenses guessing so far. With a running team like Air Force coming to town, the Buffaloes will rely on their passing game a lot more in this game.
— Colorado Buffaloes Football (@CUBuffsFootball) September 8, 2019
Quarterback Steven Montez has been great for the Buffaloes and was able to bounce back from a poor first-half performance to rally the team to their overtime win against Nebraska. He finished the game completing 28 of 41 passes for 375 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
With the team trailing at halftime, they were unable to run the ball effectively and finished with 89 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. They will try to avoid being one dimensional in this game but will face a tough test against a Falcons team that held their opponents to 75 rushing yards in their previous game.
Colorado’s defense played well in the second half of their last game but they gave up 179 rushing yards to the Cornhuskers. They will need to do a better job against the run to give themselves a chance to win this game.
The biggest issue for Mel Tucker and Colorado is whether this is a trap game coming off a dramatic win over a Big 10 opponent.
“I think that you have to be totally uninformed to not know what this is all about when you’re playing a team like Air Force,” Tucker said. “You have to be totally clueless to be caught off-guard by a team like this.
“This particular game, I don’t see as a trap game. Not this particular game. Because I think everyone in America, everyone in the world, who knows anything about football knows that when you play Air Force, you better strap it up.”
Air Force is:
- 3-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
- 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. MWC.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September.