Friday, December 21, 2007

Bowl-O-Rama: The Armed Forces Bowl

Before reading on please take a moment to think about all the men and women serving in the military at home and abroad.

Teams: Cal & Air Force
Location: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
Miles Traveled By Each Team: Cal(1,701), Air Force(701)
Related Cereal: Jets(It’s the Air Force, what did you expect?).

Breakdown: Cal heads into this game with the #48 ranked rushing offense(162yds/gm, 20TD's), and the #51 ranked passing offense(233yds/gm, 18TD's). Overall, their offense is ranked #59 in the nation. On defense, the Golden Bears’ defense is ranked #58 against the run(151yds/gm, 19TD's), and #51 against the pass(222yds/gm, 16TD's). Their total defense is ranked #53, and surrenders an average of 374yds/gm and has allowed 36 total touchdowns.

Their opponent, Air Force, comes into the game with the #2 ranked rush attack(298yds/gm, 33TD's), and the #118 ranked passing offense(120yds/gm, 8TD's). Their total offense is ranked #40. The Falcons’ defense is ranked #37 against the rush(131yds/gm, 13TD's), and #57 against the pass(226yds/gm, 13TD's). Their total defense is ranked #44, and allows an average of 357yds/gm and has given up 27 total touchdowns.

Signature Wins: Cal-Oregon. Air Force-Utah.

Common Opponents: Colorado State. Cal beat Colorado State, 34-28. The Falcons beat them 45-21.

Prediction: At one point, Cal was being talked about as a contender for the national championship. Then Nate Longshore got a little banged up, and the wheels came off. Cal isn’t all that great on either side of the ball, though DeSean Jackson is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. Air Force’s offense is based around their strong option run, and they should be able to have success executing it against the Golden Bears. Chad Hall should have a big game for the Falcons, and they should pull out the victory, 27-24.

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