2016-17 Football Previews – (MWC) – Falcons
Looking for 2016 Air Force Falcons predictions? The Air Force Falcons are looking to repeat a season that saw them win at Boise State and parlay that victory into a trip to the Mountain West Conference Championship Game. They lost to San Diego State (but it was close) and also lost their annual tilt against Navy so there are still lots of ways they can improve upon that success.
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Air Force Falcons
2015/16 Record: 8-6
Head Coach: Troy Calhoun
Odds to win Mountain West: +750
Odds to win National Championship:
Win Total: 8
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2016 Air Force Falcons Predictions & Handicapping
They are hoping that their final game of the season, at home, against Boise State will once again be significant…and result in their favour
Air Force is definitely one of those programs that knows exactly what they are and they are OK with it.
They are going to use their triple option run heavy offense to maul you on the ground and they are going to be as tough and as well conditioned as any team in America.
They have enjoyed good success with that formula though not as much as Navy (for those keeping track).
Last year things came together and they won a division title. Back to back titles would really be something considering Boise State is still around and highly though of.
Air Force Falcons Predictions: Team Strengths
Last year the defense gave up just 25ppg, a respectable figure that ranked 48th in the nation.
Air Force can’t recruit the way that other schools can but they have to be excited about the continuity of this unit; nine starters return and all of the projected starters are seniors so there should be nothing they are not prepared for.
On offense, lead back Jacobi Owens has already rushed for more than 1000 yards twice in his career. His sophomore year was slightly better than his frosh one and there is no reason he can’t follow that with an even better season.
You have to love Jalen Robinette on the outside. He is a big receiver (6’4”) who can block in the running game and make big plays when they give him a chance to catch the ball.
He averaged almost 25 yards per catch last season and has to be accounted for even though they run 80% of the time.
Air Force Falcons Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Though they have lots of continuity on defense the offense returns only 4 starters. QB Nate Romine is a senior who has seen action in all of his seasons on campus but he is coming off a knee injury – a torn ACL.
He might be the best thrower they have had in years but Air Force quarterbacks have to run and if he can’t go there is next to no experience behind him.
Also, upfront the Falcons will be looking to continue their amazing success on the ground with three new offensive linemen. All are upperclassmen but that much turnover is less than ideal.
On defense, all that experience does not mask the units physical limitations.
There are just some games where they do not have an ability to compete in terms of size and speed.
Air Force Falcons 2016 Prediction:
Last year things really came together. This year’s team might not be as good but I think their ceiling is just as high, maybe even higher when you look at their schedule.
First off they host Boise State the last week of the year – whoever is running the offense will be well-practiced by then. They also get Navy at home and have no games against Power 5 schools.
I am not saying they are going to run the table and make the playoffs but there is no team on their schedule they can’t beat and they might be favoured in all of their games except their first road tilt at Utah State.
I know that’s a lot of pub to throw at a team like Air Force but I think they can return to the MWC title game and likely take on San Diego State again. The Aztecs should be darn good again too so that will be a tough one.
I really like the Falcons to go over eight wins though.
This could easily be a ten win team.
2016 Air Force Falcons Football Schedule
- 9/3/16 2:00 PM ET ACU
- 9/10/16 TBD GSU
- 9/24/16 TBD @USU
- 10/1/16 TBD NAVY
- 10/8/16 TBD @WYO
- 10/15/16 TBD UNM
- 10/22/16 TBD HAW
- 10/28/16 10:30 PM ET @FRES
- 11/5/16 12:00 PM ET @ARMY
- 11/12/16 TBD CSU
- 11/19/16 TBD @SJSU
- 11/25/16 4:30 PM ET BSU
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