Prediction time: Air Force

Army is a 6.5-point home favorite against Air Force with the Commander in Chief’s trophy at stake.

The Black Knights are riding a 10-game home winning streak. Air Force handed Army its last home loss in 2016.

Army’s last home win against Air Force was in 2012.

This is the first time that Army has possessed the CIC trophy while playing Air Force at Michie Stadium since 1978.

 

Sal Interdonato (Times Herald-Record Army football beat writer): Army 31, Air Force 21. Like most service-academy games, the winner of the “Battle of The Trenches” is likely to prevail. Army returns eight starters from a defense that shut out Air Force 21-0 in Colorado Springs last November. Rumor has it the defense is in the process of creating a turnover chain.

Predictions from around the college football universe
Pete Fiutak (College Football News): Army 34, Air Force 20. Fiutak writes on College Football News, “If you like running the football, here you go. Army is on a roll with four straight wins, bowl eligibility already secured, and with the machine cranking out the nation’s second-best running game behind Georgia Tech. Air Force is averaging 255 rushing yards per game and needs to keep on winning to get in range of a bowl, having to come up with victories in three of the last four games. Which team can stop the run better? Air Force is terrific. It’s allowed over 140 yards just once – giving up 177 yards to Nevada – stuffing the Navy option attack to just 129 yards in the 35-7 win. Army is even better.”
Nicholas Ian Allen (Athlon Sports): Army 24, Air Force 14. Allen says on Athlon Sports, “As annual rivals, Air Force and Army know each other very well. That familiarity, as well as the fact that both defenses consistently face triple-option offenses in practice throughout the season, limits the schematic advantage its rival usually enjoys offensively. The Falcons have a better passing attack, but Army has been more consistent overall, and the Black Knights are among the best in the nation limiting opponents’ third-down conversions. Expect Army to ensure that the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy stays in West Point, as a win over Air Force would guarantee no worse than a three-way tie in the series.”

 

 

 

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