Updated: September 16, 2010 at 12:00 am
Three things to watch
1. Running back health
Jared Tew and Asher Clark are both banged up. Tew has a hand injury and Clark has an ankle injury. If either one doesn’t play, or they’re limited, that will set Air Force’s offense back. There’s not too much experience at tailback after Clark, so a young player like Darius Jones would be on the spot if he gets a bigger role. ï¿½
2. Time of possession
If the Falcons don’t win time of possession, their chances of winning will be very slim. Air Force needs to run the ball well, pick up first downs and keep Oklahoma’s offense off the field. And if the Sooners can take a lead and let the offensive line lean on Air Force’s front seven, it could be a long day for the Falcons.
3. Make everything count
In a game like this, Air Force needs every edge it can get. The Falcons can’t take penalties, like they did last week. Winning the turnover battle is very important. Not allowing any big plays to Oklahoma’s explosive special teams is also a big key. The Falcons need to do everything well in order to pull a major upset.
Air Force CB Reggie Rembert vs. Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles
The Falcons have said there could be games in which Rembert is matched up with a certain receiver, and that is possible this week. Broyles is quick and fast, which makes Rembert the best matchup for him. Broyles is also incredibly productive. He had 89 catches for 1,120 yards and 15 touchdowns last year. No matter who covers Broyles, the Falcons will have to keep him from having a huge day.
Quote to note: “Hopefully we can prove to the rest of the nation that we can compete at a high level. This gives us a great opportunity to showcase our talents.” ï¿½“ Air Force receiver Jonathan Warzeka.
Note to quote: The last time Air Force beat a Big 12 team was 1985, when it beat Texas in the Bluebonnet Bowl. The Falcons’ last game against a Big 12 team was in 2001, a 41-3 loss to Oklahoma.
By the numbers
32: Consecutive home wins by Oklahoma. That streak dates back to 2005. ï¿½ ï¿½
2: Sisters of Air Force defensive end Rick Ricketts who played softball at Oklahoma. Ricketts’ sister Samantha was an All-American softball player at OU, and sister Keilani is a pitcher currently on the team.
16-67-4: Air Force’s all-time record against ranked teams. The last time Air Force played a team ranked as high as Oklahoma’s current No. 7 ranking was against No. 3 Oklahoma in 2001.
For the BlogDog's predictions see Frank Schwab's Air Force blog at http://gazetteafasports.freedomblogging.com/