Prediction time: Air Force

Do the oddsmakers know something that we don’t?

Army (2-5) is just a 3-point home underdog to 5-2 Air Force.

Air Force has dominated the recent series history, winning 22 times in the last 25 meetings.

The last time the game was played at West Point, Army won 41-21 in 2012 and handed coach Troy Calhoun, who is in his eighth season at Air Force, his only loss in the series.

Army has not won consecutive home games against Air Force since 1986 and 1988.

Nine starters from the 2012 win are still on Army’s roster led by senior fullback Larry Dixon.

Kale Pearson, Air Force’s starting quarterback, played in a reserve role in the 2012 game, relieving Connor Dietz and completing seven of 11 passes for 50 yards. Pearson was intercepted on the game’s final play.

Both teams had two weeks to prepare for this game. Which team made the most out of the bye week?

Air Force can clinch its record 19th Commander in Chief’s Trophy and a bowl berth with a win.

An Army victory keeps the Black Knights’ chances alive for their first CIC Trophy since 1996.

Sal Interdonato (Times Herald-Record Army football beat writer): Air Force 34, Army 28. Army will have to play near-perfect football to defeat Air Force. The Black Knights can’t afford the costly penalties, the untimely turnovers, the sloppy tackling or the missed assignment in this one. Just think Air Force is the more sound team. The Falcons have forced 12 turnovers in its last four games.

Predictions from around the college football universe
Brian Pedersen (Bleacher Report): Air Force 31, Army 27 Air Force 27, Army 21

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