Wyoming at Air Force
6:00 PM CT on CBS Sports
If you’re a weekly reader of this series, A) I thank you and B) you probably should’ve expected this one. Of course I’m going to keep talking about Wyoming! My beloved Pokes pulled off a fantastic win over previously-unbeaten Fresno State, vaulting themselves right to the top of the Mountain West title discussion. Now they get another major test.
Air Force has been absolutely mauling teams. They’re undefeated, scoring nearly 38 points per game while allowing just over 12 points per game. It’s nearly perfect option football. They possess the ball nearly the entire game, ending every drive with a touchdown, while giving their opposition’s offense no chance to get anything going. And the incredible thing with Air Force is most of the time they aren’t even running the classic triple option. They’ll just hit you over and over again on dive plays to fullback Emmanuel Michel (400 yards and eight TDs) with varying levels of misdirection. It’s beautiful football.
The knock on the Falcons is they still really haven’t played anyone of consequence to this point. To their credit, they’ve dominated their competition thus far. But that level of competition is taking a big step up. Wyoming is 5-1. They took down Texas Tech, hung with Texas for three quarters, and then got it done against a very good Fresno team last week. There’s absolutely been some luck on their side (see their win over App State), but this is just a good football team with a great defense and strong running game.
The Pokes might be without star RB Harrison Waylee in this one, and that would be a major blow to their offense which has otherwise struggled to produce. But they’re one of the few teams capable of getting down into the muck with Air Force and beating them at their own game, which they did last season.
This will be a hard-nosed affair with potential New Year’s Six bowl implications.