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#125 Air Force 58 vs.
#126 Colorado -3
Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 1:00pm EDT
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Air Force Falcons vs. Colorado Buffaloes

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.

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.

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.”

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Buffaloes have looked impressive so far with wins over Colorado State and Nebraska. They have played well against the spread in non-conference games and have a 4-1 record against non-Pac-12 opponents over the last two years. They will have their hands full with Air Force’s ground game, but their defense is 67th in the country against the run and they should be able to contain the Falcons and pick up the win.

Prediction: Colorado Buffaloes -3.5

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Buffaloes have played over the total in five of their last seven games while the Falcons have played over the total in 16 of their last 22 road games. With the Buffaloes giving up 31 points per game and both offenses averaging 91 combined points per game, expect to see a lot of points scored in this game.

Prediction: Over 58

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Falcons scored 35 points in the first half of their win over Colgate, but won’t have as much luck against a much better Colorado team. Even though they won’t score 35 points in the first half of this game, they will manage to put up enough points to keep the score close against a suspect Colorado defense, making them the best bet here.

Prediction: Air Force Falcons -2.5

Half-Time Total Bet

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The Falcons and Buffaloes are averaging 47 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games. Even though they will not come close to 47 points in the first half of this game, they will go over the first half total.

Prediction: Over 28.5
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.