Boise State visits Air Force on Saturday in Colorado Springs. Here your three keys to a Falcons victory.
1. Pressure Bachmeier
The Broncos have a fine quarterback in sophomore Hank Bachmeier. In the opener against Utah State Bachmeier accounted for four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) while going 20-for-28 for 263 yards through the air. Bachmeier was a 2020 Preseason All-Mountain West selection. In 2019 he was the first true freshman to start a season opener for the Broncos. He’s currently on the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Award watch lists. The Falcons have to get some kind of pressure on Bachmeier to prevent him from piling up the passing yards and points.
2. Silvanic is dominant
Air Force defensive tackle George Silvanic is a man on a mission. Last week his play was one of the bright spots in the loss to San Jose State. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Sivanich is the team leader in tackles (13), tackles for loss (3.0) and sacks (1.5). He’s a big, strong, tenacious lineman with great quickness for his size. Air Force needs Slivanic to have a career day against the strong Broncos offense.
3. Strong defense
In two games Air Force has given up just 24 points total, an average of 12 points per contest. Last season the Falcons in a strong year allowed just 19.8 points a game. If Air Force can continue its trend of solid defense and keeping opponents from scoring, that should give them at least a chance to knock off the Broncos.
Saturday’s Air Force game kicks off at 4:00 PM MT. You can watch on the CBS Sports Network.