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AIR FORCE FIRST LOOK: UNLV

The Air Force Falcons host UNLV on Saturday. Here is your first look at the Rebels.

SEASON SO FAR (2-3, 1-1 MWC)

Date Opponent Score
09/02/2017 Howard L 43-40
09/09/2017 at Idaho W 44-16
09/23/2017 at Ohio St. L 54-21
09/30/2017 San Jose St. W 41-13
10/07/2017 San Diego St. L 41-10

STAT COMPARISON

AFA PPG 36.4 33.4 UNLV DEF PPG
AFA TOTAL OFF 433.0 486.6 UNLV TOTAL DEF
AFA PASSING OFF 145.2 272.4 UNLV PASSING DEF
AFA RUSHING OFF 287.8 214.2 UNLV RUSHING DEF
UNLV PPG 31.2 32.2 AFA DEF PPG
UNLV TOTAL OFF 441.8 377.4 AFA TOTAL DEF
UNLV PASSING OFF 176.2 124.2 AFA PASSING DEF
UNLV RUSHING OFF 265.6 253.2 AFA RUSHING DEF
AFA TO MARGIN -0.60 0.60 UNLV TO MARGIN

INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS

Date Pos Player Injury Status
10/08/17 OL Zach Singer Ankle ? Saturday vs. Air Force
09/10/17 RB Charles Williams Ankle out for season

Source: donbest.com

CHALLENGES

This is a game that Air Force (1-4) very much needs to win. The Falcons have played by far the toughest schedule so far in the Mountain West going up against three ranked opponents in their first three games, losing all three by unembarrassing margins. The next five games will decide whether Air Force bowls or not. All are winnable or toss-ups at best. The last two games (@ Boise State & Utah State) might be a little tougher to win. UNLV is another of those West Coast teams that puts up a lot of points and gives up a good number as well. Good defense will be the key to the Falcons pulling this one out. Similar to New Mexico, the Rebels like to run the ball averaging 265 yards a game on the ground. The Falcons have absolutely got to avoid turning the ball over in this game to win. It’s a game Air Force should win but it won’t be easy.

Saturday’s game starts at Noon MT and can be seen on the CBS Sports Network.



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