College Football Preview: Air Force vs. Utah State

Utah State and Air Force logos

Air Force faces Utah State on Thursday in Logan, Utah. AcademyWars.com previews this college football game and predicts the final score.

Team Schedules/Results

Air Force

Date Opp. Result
10/03/20 Navy W 40-7
10/24/20 @ San Jose St. L 6-17
10/31/20 Boise St. L 30-49
11/20/20 New Mexico W 28-0
12/03/20 @ Utah St.
12/19/20 @ Army

Utah State

Date Opp. Result
10/24/20 @ Boise St. L 13-42
10/31/20 San Diego St. L 7-38
11/05/20 @ Nevada L 9-34
11/14/20 Fresno St. L 16-35
11/26/20 New Mexico W 41-27
12/03/20 Air Force
12/12/20 @ Colorado St.

ESPN FPI

Air Force 86

Utah State 117

Key Stats

Stat (per game) Air Force Utah State
Points 26.0 17.2
Points Allowed 18.3 35.2
Total YDS 403.5 284.6
Pass YDS 67.0 138.4
Rush YDS 336.5 146.2
Total YDS Allowed 324.5 490.2
Rush YDS Allowed 105.0 202.8
Pass YDS Allowed 219.5 287.4
3rd Down Conv. 48.0 33.3
3rd Down Conv. DEF 38.1 45.8
Turnover Margin 0.00 -0.80

Players to Watch

Air Force

 
QB Haaziq Daniels, RB Timothy Jackson, WR Ben Peterson, LT Parker, Ferguson, DL Joey Woodring, LB Will Trawick, CB Elisha Palm.

Utah State

QB Andrew Peasley, RB Devonta’e Henry-Cole, WR Carson Terrell, C Demytrick Ali’ifua, DL Justus Te’i, LB Kevin Meitzenheimer, S Shaq Bond.

Injuries

Air Force

[FB] 11/29/2020 – Timothy Jackson is “?” Thursday vs Utah State (Shoulder)
[RB] 10/30/2020 – Kadin Remsberg is out indefinitely (Collarbone)
[QB] 09/27/2020 – Donald Hammond III left the team (Transferred)

Utah State

[WR] 11/22/2020 – Devin Thompkins is out for season (Personal)
[S] 11/19/2020 – Troy Lefeged Jr. left the team (Transferred)
[DT] 11/29/2020 – Marcus Moore is “?” Thursday vs Air Force (Leg)
[RB] 11/30/2020 – Jaylen Warren is out for season (Personal)
[QB] 11/15/2020 – Jason Shelley is out for season (Dismissed)

Source: statfox.com

Comments

Air Force should be the clear favorite in this game. Air Force and Utah State have played about the same level of difficulty in schedules yet Air Force has a substantial advantage in just about every statistic. My only concern would be that they have an interim head coach who just took over a couple weeks ago. They are coming off an inspiring comeback win over New Mexico. Maybe they are finally getting things together. Air Force can’t afford to take them or anyone lightly.

Prediction

Air Force 34, Utah State 17

Thursday’s game kicks off at 7:30 PM MT. You can watch this football game on the CBS Sports Network.

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