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Army at Air Force: Three subplots we will watch

November 3, 2017 Updated: November 3, 2017 at 3:44 pm
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Shotgun offense for Army?

It will be interesting to see if Army, like Navy, runs its offense primarily out of the shotgun against Air Force. The Falcons have struggled against that formation, particularly against New Mexico’s triple-option look. Navy, which had run exclusively under center, ran from the shotgun against Air Force earlier this season and won 49-46. Army has been known to operate from under center or the shotgun, so it will lack Navy’s element of surprise; but it will be telling if the Black Knights try to exploit the Falcons with that look.

Veteran quarterbacks

Consider the experience – and talent – this game will feature at quarterback. Army senior Ahmad Bradshaw will be making his 27th start. He needs 116 rushing yards to crack the top 10 in program history. That history stretches back to 1890. Air Force’s Arion Worthman is 9-4 as a starter with averages of 102.1 rushing yards and 105.4 passing yards as a starter. Air Force coach Troy Calhoun likened the importance of experience for a triple-option quarterback to that of a catcher, point guard or fighter pilot in the number of quick decisions that must be made. From that perspective, this one could be a treat to watch.

November reign

Air Force is 26-12 in November under Calhoun and is 16-3 at home during the month, having won six straight. The Falcons close with three of four games at home during November this year, starting Saturday with Army. Air Force, which has won three straight, needs two wins to secure bowl eligibility and a win Saturday to maintain the late-season confidence it has built both this year and as a program over a stretch of years. “This is definitely a big month for us,” fullback Jacob Stafford said.

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