Air Force: A Busy Man's Preview

So, I've been working on a project.  It's for the tailgate.  It was a huge undertaking, and because of circumstances beyond my control, it has continued to be put off...and now there's a chance it won't appear at the first game, at least not in its finished state.  But it is a work in progress, so I'm not too worried about it.  Regardless, I'm going to give it my all for the next couple of days...and there you have it, an excuse for brevity.

History:  Despite my historical recollection that Michigan had played Air Force like 50 times in the middle of the 20th century, they have not.  They've played once.  I must be confusing them with Navy or Army.  In 1964, Michigan beat Air Force 24-7.  1964 was one of just a few bright spots in an otherwise shitty decade of Michigan Football, as Michigan went 9-1.  They had won only 5 games in the previous two years combined.  Suck on that RichRod haters.

System:  Air Force runs a triple-option offense, which is super-effective when you are in high school.  It's a sort of a gimmick, and yet it is also a throwback.  So I'm not sure what to make of it, other than that it scares when a baseball team has to face a knuckleballer.  On paper, it can look like this mess...

Basically, you have four blockers in the backfield....that can also get the ball.  Seems like a pain in the ass to cover.

Last Week:  Air Force had 490 rushing yards, and 628 yards of total offense in a 49-21 rout of Idaho State.  RB Cody Getz had 218 yards on 17 carries.  That's YPC FTW.

Why You're Scared:  1) We knew very little about ourselves going into the season, and now we know we shouldn't play the SEC...and very little else.  The unknown scares us.  2) This is going to be a season-maker for the Falcons, and probably the most money they'll get for a day's work all season.  3) Their weird offense could pose problems.  4) Denard is not a very good passer.

Why You're Already Celebrating:  1)  Fitz is back  2)  Alabama is the 33rd NFL team.  3) Michigan is undefeated against the Mountain West conference 4) Denard is a very good runner.

Tailgate Theme Alert:  The All-American theme commences at 8am...I will be there to start setting up at 7:30 if you'd like to join me (please....someone?).  It's going to be a long day so pace yourself!  Don't forget some American flag garb, a dish to pass, and your own drinks.  If you need to review the rules, they're right here.