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DAVID RAMSEY Updated: November 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

Three things to watch

1.    San Diego State on a major roll
The Aztecs came pretty close to the impossible last weekend. They traveled to Boise State and emerged with a victory. Boise State had won 71 of 72 home games (the other loss was against TCU last season) since 2001. It was San Diego State’s first road win in school history over a ranked opponent. The Aztecs had lost 31 previous attempts against ranked opponents on the road. San Diego State has won five straight games.



2.    Cody Getz’s health
In Air Force’s first five games, halfback Cody Getz was ripping along at historic levels after gaining 887 yards. Yes, he gained a big chunk of those yards against Idaho State, but he also tormented Michigan at The Big House. Then he suffered a left ankle sprain against Wyoming, and he hasn’t been the same, or even close to the same. Getz says his left ankle is fine, and by all appearances he’s correct. There’s no swelling, and he’s looked sharp in practice. After last week’s collapse at Army, the Falcons offense badly needs a boost. Getz might be the man to provide it.

3.    Another close game for Falcons?
San Diego State is one of the nation’s more blazing teams, but the Aztecs have faced great peril during their winning streak. They defeated Nevada by one point, and Boise State by two points. Close games are the norm in the Mountain West. Three of Air Force’s five conference games this season have been decided by five points or less.


KEY MATCHUP

Air Force’s rushing attack vs. San Diego State’s defensive front

The Falcons lead the Mountain West in rushing. San Diego State leads the Mountain West in rushing defense. If the Aztecs can stifle the Falcons' run attack, Air Force will struggle to leave San Diego with a victory. If the Falcons can’t sustain drives, they might be facing a blowout loss in Southern California. Air Force has struggled with inconsistency this season, but the one constant until last week’s loss at Army has been the running attack.


BY THE NUMBERS

1 – Air Force’s rank in sacks allowed. Quarterback Connor Dietz has not been sacked this season.

3 – Air Force’s rank in national rushing yards per game. The Falcons, No. 2 last week, have fallen behind Oregon.

22 – San Diego State’s rank in rushing yards. The Aztecs average 217.20 yards per game.

114 – The Falcons rank in rushing defense. Air Force allows 226.33 rushing yards per game.

- David Ramsey, The Gazette


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