Dave Ryan breaks down Army-Air Force

CBS College Sports play-by-play man Dave Ryan has called all four Army home games and Air Force’s games against San Diego State and TCU.

Here’s Ryan’s take on the game:

“Any time you have an all-academy games for starters the intensity just gets ratcheted up four or five more times than normal. The fact that it’s an all-academy game, it’s a Commander in Chief’s trophy game, which for all these players is by far their biggest priority of the season. Then, you have the fact that it’s a bowl-eligible game for each team. A win and they’re each bowl eligible so there’s so much at stake. A sold-out house. New uniforms for each team.”

“On the field, you have an interesting matchup in a lot of ways. Army is certainly clicking with its run game. You have Jared Hassin against his old team. He was briefly an Air Force cadet, very briefly. How much Air Force is going to want to take it out on him. In addition to all the energy that’s going on, how much he is going to want to take it out on Air Force. He’s been red hot with three straight 100-yard games. Clearly, he’s their featured guy.

“I don’t think there’s really going to be a secret. It may come down to the quarterbacks in this game. It may come down to Tim Jefferson’s ability to avoid a fierce and aggressive pass rush with Josh McNary and the guys up front for Army and Trent Steelman’s ability to withstand what Air Force throws at him. They’ve got probably the best secondary of the three academies. Air Force’s strength is their secondary. It really is a fascinating matchup on a lot of levels.”

“It’s always going to be ground against ground in an academy game but there are a lot of wrinkles and changes. I think you’ll see trick plays. Each coach is going to pull out all the stops to win this game.”

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