Air Force boarded a plane Thursday afternoon bound for Maryland, so any lingering question about Saturday's game at Navy being played was officially put to rest.
Now comes the hard part for the Falcons - slowing Navy's rushing attack that ranks sixth in the nation and doing it with a defense that ranks 106th in that department.
Truth is, Air Force's run defense has been far better than its pass defense and, though it takes a bit of mining, a few statistics show there might be hope for the Falcons by illustrating that they haven't been that bad against a true running game.
Nevada's running backs ran for 129 yards on 33 attempts last week, and Wyoming's went for 111 yards on 28 carries the week before that. There's nothing embarrassing about those figures.
Of course, those numbers are skewed in that they don't account for the rushing numbers from quarterbacks. But the quarterback yards were largely the result of scrambles on called passing plays. This week Air Force will expect a running play on every down; and they feel prepared to stop it.
"I'm always excited to play teams that run because I can directly deal with that," linebacker Joey Nichol said. "It can be directly on me, and I've never had a problem with the run, so I'm excited."
For four weeks Air Force (1-4) has found no success against dual-threat quarterbacks who have largely picked the defense apart with short passes and have selectively chosen spots to exploit it with their legs.
"We've run into some quarterbacks who are swift afoot and throw exceptionally well," coach Troy Calhoun said.
Calhoun puts Navy's Keenan Reynolds in that same category, but he's likely a slightly different breed.
Reynolds has been efficient this season, completing 14-of-21 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns, and he's certainly a proven talent with his legs. But what Reynolds hasn't had is the time or surroundings to turn into a seasoned, pick-you-apart passer. The past four quarterbacks the Falcons have faced have each been veterans and have combined for 22,665 passing yards in their careers. Reynolds has 1,222 passing yards.
For the first time since handling Colgate in the opener, Air Force will be able to opt for a rush-first approach defensively and dare the Midshipmen (2-1) to beat them with the pass.