Air Force isn’t breathing down the necks of Alabama or TCU in the Top 25, but the Falcons are in the poll for the first time under coach Troy Calhoun.
In the Associated Press poll released Sunday, Air Force was ranked 25th. In the coaches poll, Air Force was the second highest team among others receiving votes out side of the top 25.
The Falcons crept into the AP poll after beating Navy 14-6 to improve to 4-1. The Falcons haven’t been in either poll since the week of Oct. 4, 2003, when it was 25th in the coaches poll. The last time Air Force was in both polls was the week of Oct. 26, 2002, when it was 19th in the coaches poll and 22nd in the AP poll.
Calhoun said being ranked isn’t entirely unimportant to him, but he won’t care much about it until late next month.
“If we’re talking about how much stuffing was in the turkey and the quality of the pumpkin pie, that’s the time of year for that,” Calhoun said.
The Falcons did suffer a significant loss on Saturday. Inside linebacker Brady Amack, who led the team in tackles through four weeks, injured his ankle. Calhoun said it could be fractured.
If Amack is on the shelf for a while, his likely replacement would be sophomore Austin Niklas.
The Falcons host 1-4 Colorado State on Saturday. Although Saturday was a huge win, and Calhoun said it was the loudest he has ever heard Falcon Stadium, he wasn’t worried about the team not being sharp off a big win.
“We’re not getting ahead of ourselves,” quarterback Tim Jefferson said. “It’s not the end of the season. We’ve still got seven games left in the season. I’m going to stay modest, and the rest of the team will.”
Air Force probably won’t be wearing its special dark blue jerseys with the Thunderbird helmets a second straight week. Calhoun didn’t rule out wearing the jerseys again in the future, but didn’t sound like it was in the plans.
“We’ll let time make that decision,” Calhoun said.