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Air Force's 2018 football schedule is out, here are the details

March 1, 2018 Updated: March 2, 2018 at 6:40 am
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Air Force Falcons defensive back Robert Bullard (16) yells as he exits the tunnel with his teammates before the Falcons took on the Army West Point Black Knights at Falcon Stadium on Saturday November 4, 2017 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Army West Point defeated the Air Force by a score of 21-0. The last time the Falcons were held scoreless was by Mississippi in the 1992 Liberty Bowl. It was the first time the Falcons were shut out at home since Nov. 1, 1980, according to the school. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

Air Force football closes with two of three games at home, has another early bye week and plays at home on Thanksgiving weekend yet again.

These were the highlights as the rough outline of the Falcons’ 2018 football schedule was released on Thursday. It is a rough outline in that networks can now select games to move from Saturdays to Thursdays or Fridays and set kickoff times.

Here are the details:

  • The Falcons open with Stony Brook, an FCS opponent that went 10-3 in 2017 in advancing to the second round of the FCS playoffs. This will be the 12th consecutive FCS opponent to open the schedule for Air Force in 12 years under coach Troy Calhoun.
  • Air Force’s other nonconference opponents and dates, which were already known, are a trip to Florida Atlantic on Sept. 8, a home game against Navy on Oct. 6 and a trip to West Point to play Army on Nov. 3.
  • The Falcons’ bye comes on Sept. 15, after two games will have been played. An early bye has become the norm, as it came on Sept. 9 in 2017 (after one game), on Sept. 17 in 2016 (after two games) and on Sept. 26 in 2015 (after three games).
  • The Mountain West opener will be on Sept. 22 at Utah State, following the off week. It will be the third time in six years that the Falcons will open conference play against the Aggies.
  • In addition to Stony Brook and Navy, the home games include Nevada on Sept. 29, Boise State on Oct. 27, New Mexico on Nov. 10 and Colorado State on Nov. 24. The Broncos have lost two straight at Falcons Stadium, while the Lobos, who have won three straight in the series, haven’t visited since 2014 because Air Force took its last home game in the series to the Cotton Bowl.
  • The travel schedule should be relatively non-taxing. The only consecutive road games come with trips to San Diego State and UNLV in mid-October. The schedule does not require the Falcons travel the week before or after going to Army.
  • With Colorado State visiting on Nov. 24, it will mark four times in five years that the Falcons will play at home in the regular-season finale on the weekend after Thanksgiving. The academy had previously avoided playing at home during that period, as the cadet wing is gone on break, but the Mountain West now requires all teams to play then to avoid gaining the advantage of rest before the conference championship game. It hasn’t worked too bad, though, as those home games have resulted in victories over Colorado State, Boise State and Utah State.

 

2018 Air Force Football Schedule

Day        Date              Opponent

Sat.        Sept. 1          Stony Brook

Sat.        Sept. 8          at Florida Atlantic

Sat.        Sept. 15        OPEN

Sat.        Sept. 22        at Utah State*

Sat.        Sept. 29        Nevada*

Sat.        Oct. 6            Navy

Sat.        Oct. 13          at San Diego State*

Sat.        Oct. 20          at UNLV*

Sat.        Oct. 27          Boise State*

Sat.        Nov. 3           at Army

Sat.        Nov. 10         New Mexico*

Sat.        Nov. 17         at Wyoming*

Sat.        Nov. 24         Colorado State*

Sat.        Dec. 1            MW Championship

 

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