Navy vs. Air Force fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 6
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Falcon Stadium, Colorado Spring, CO
Network: CBS Sports Network
Navy (2-2) vs. Air Force (1-3) Game Preview
What’s Going To Happen
This is always a fun game between the service academies – especially if you love running games – but this year it’s a bigger battle than for just the first step of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.
The loser is all but out of the hunt for a bowl game.
Air Force has yet to beat an FBS team, losing three battles including the first two games of Mountain West play. With road games against San Diego State and UNLV to follow, and Boise State and at Army after that, lose this, and thanks for playing.
Navy has to deal with Temple, Houston, Notre Dame, at Cincinnati, and UCF to follow this. After coming up with a dud of a performance in a loss to SMU, the Midshipmen are in big, big trouble if they drop this.
The Navy running game leads the nation, averaging 356 yards per game on the ground, but the Air Force run defense has been solid so far. It doesn’t get into the backfield, but that’s more of a problem against the good passing teams – and that’s not Navy.
The stats don’t really fly. Air Force did a great job against the Florida Atlantic running game, but it struggled to come up with key stops over the last few weeks.
Meanwhile, Navy’s ground game has been amazing. This week, Malcolm Perry will bounce back from the rough game against SMU, Air Force won’t get the same production out of its ground attack, and the Midshipmen will break the string of five straight wins by the home team in the series.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Navy 27, Air Force 23
Line: Navy -3, o/u: 48
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3
5: First Man
1: ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast