Air Force Football Three Keys: Colgate

Three keys Air Force

The Air Force Falcons host Colgate on Saturday at Falcon Stadium. Here are your three keys to an Air Force victory over Colgate.

Key 1 – Don’t Sleep On The Gate

Colgate opened with a 34-14 loss to Villanova. You might think this one game coupled with the fact that the Raiders are an FCS means that it’ll be easy pickings for Air Force on Saturday. Keep in mind, though, that Colgate won 10 games last season and had one of the best defense in Division I football, FCS or FBS. Colgate led the nation in scoring defense at 9.3, total defense at 237.7 and pass efficiency defense with an 88.77 rating. Maybe the Raiders just took Villanova lightly. Air Force shouldn’t make the same mistake with this Colgate squad.

Key 2 – Big Plays On Offense

If Air Force can pull off some big plays either rushing or on long passing plays, this can help de-spirit the Colgate players. If the Falcons can start churning out chunks of yardage with Kadin Remsberg and fullback Taven Birdow then that could open long passing plays as the Raider over-emphasis run defense.

Key 3 – Jordan Jackson Dominates

Jordan Jackson is a 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end for Air Force that was selected to the 2019 Preseason All-Mountain West team. Last season this monster of a player had an impressive 12.5 TFLs and 4.5 sacks for the Falcons. The Falcons need for him and other players to make big plays on defense to shut down the Raiders, in much the same way as the Raiders shut down their opponents in 2018.

Troy Calhoun is 12-0 in season openers

Year Opponent Result
2019 Colgate ??
2018 Stony Brook W 38-0
2017 VMI W 62-0
2016 Abilene Christian W 37-21
2015 Morgan State W 63-7
2014 Nicholls State W 44-16
2013 Colgate W 38-13
2012 Idaho State W 49-21
2011 South Dakota W 37-20
2010 Northwestern State W 65-21
2009 Nicholls State W 72-0
2008 Southern Utah W 41-7
2007 South Carolina State W 34-3

Saturday’s game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. MT. Watch online at ESPN3.com.

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