Week 4 Service Academy Football Predictions

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The Wyoming hoodoo continues to ruin Air Force whenever the Falcons travel north to Laramie. It was better news for Army, however, with the Black Knights picking up a first win of the season.

By Steve Wright

Week Results: 1-1. I really thought this would be the year for Air Force.

Closest Pick: Army 38, Villanova 31. Actual was Army 49, Villanova 10. To be fair, this isn’t even close. It was just the only one of the two picks I got correct.

Worst Pick: Air Force 35, Wyoming 21. Actually was Wyoming 17, Air Force 14. I should have seen this being a low-scoring arm wrestle.

Season Results: 4-1 (80%). Last week I was at 100%

Army is idle this week before taking on Georgia State on 10/1. That means we again have just two games to look at here.

Navy @ East Carolina – Navy is coming off of a bye where the coaching staff has looked to fix an offense that is second worst in the nation in scoring at just 10 points per game. The Pirates could easily be 3-0 on the season – they lost their opener to No. 13 NC State by just one point – and quarterback Holton Ahlers they have a fifth-year senior who has seen and done it all in the AAC. Navy’s offense will be better, but it won’t be a drastic enough improvement to win on Saturday. ECU 35, Navy 21.

Nevada @ Air Force – Wyoming always gives Air Force fits – especially in Laramie – as one of the best Mountain West Teams against the run. The Cowboys also rushed for over 5 yards per carry on the Falcons, so expect Nevada to try to do the same. The Wolf Pack, however, has a banged-up offensive line and their game against Iowa last time out took over eight hours to complete due to weather issues. Air Force will get the option rolling this Friday night (short week for Nevada) game and grind to close to their season average of 396 yards per game on the ground. Air Force 42, Nevada 17.