Prediction time: Air Force

History isn’t on Army’s side for this one.

Air Force has won 19 of the last 21 games and six straight at Michie Stadium.

But Air Force has a 3-game losing streak and is a little beat up, missing fullback Jared Tew, wide receiver Kevin Folger and safety Brian Lindsay.

I doubt Air Force is going to be a careless with the ball as it was last week when it turned the ball over five times against Utah.

So what’s going to decide this game. Air Force senior wide receiver Kyle Halderman weighs in.

“There’s no special schemes,” Halderman said. “There’s no secrets. It’s basically who’s going to play harder and has more heart. What team is going to come together and what team is going to fall apart.”

Sal Interdonato (Times Herald-Record Army football beat writer): Army 24, Air Force 20. Can go either way with this game. If Army gets production on the edges from its slotback and completes a few passes downfield to soften up Air Force’s secondary, the Black Knights will win. The defense, which could have a five-man front like last year’s Navy game,  is capable of containing Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson.
Kevin Gleason (Times Herald-Record columnist): Air Force 27, Army 20. Air Force has a huge edge in caliber of competition, and I see its three-game losing streak giving the Falcons a sense of desperation that only makes them more dangerous. This should be a close game. But I’d be surprised — not shocked, just surprised — if Army found a way to win it.

Predictions from the college football universe
Mike Huguenin ( college football editor):
Air Force 24, Army 20. Huguenin says on, “Each runs well but struggles to throw the ball, not surprising considering they’re option teams. Each needs one more win for bowl eligibility. Air Force already has beaten Navy, which means the Falcons win the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy if they beat the Black Knights. The Falcons, who have won 12 of the past 13 against Army, haven’t won the Trophy since 2002.”
Andrea Adelson ( college football blogger: Air Force 28, Army 21. Adelson says on, “The Falcons have hit a bit of a rough stretch, losing three straight. All three were to bowl-eligible teams, including No. 3 TCU and No. 5 Utah. Army is putting together its best season since 1996, but the Falcons have the edge in this game because their triple option offense is better. They gave Utah all it could handle last week, but had five turnovers. If Air Force wins, it gets the Commander-In-Chief Trophy for the first time since 2002.”
Frank Schwab (Colorado Springs Gazette Air Force beat writer): Air Force 17, Army 14. There wouldn’t be much surprise if the Black Knights finally beat the Falcons. Air Force is coming off two very physical games against TCU and Utah, have to fly across a couple time zones and have had troubles stopping the run. But for as much as Army has improved, Air Force still has more talent and squeaks out a very tight win.
David Ramsey (Colorado Springs Gazette columnist): Air Force 28, Army 24, Ramsey says on the Gazette’s Air Force blog: “The Falcons defense will struggle against Army’s run attack, but Tim Jefferson will throw two touchdown passes and Jonathan Warzeka will break a 40-yard-plus run for another score.” Air Force 25, Army 15. Weird score.

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