Kristov George often takes his faith to social media, so the fact that he sent out a small prayer via Twitter on Monday was no surprise.
The subject of the Air Force outside linebacker's plea, however, should bring comfort to Falcons fans.
"God I NEED you on these tests tomorrow, Thursday," the sophomore wrote, "and most importantly, SATURDAY!"
Saturday refers to Air Force's season opener against Colgate, where George will be one of 17 Falcons entering their first season as regular starters.
If there's one major pitfall for Football Bowl Subdivision teams against Football Championship Subdivision foes, it's taking them too lightly. George's tweet and capital letters reflects the general feeling among Air Force players that the squad's youth and inexperience will work to its advantage in that area. While some teams might be tempted to look ahead to Utah State in Week 2, Air Force's players are too concerned with cementing their positions and fighting nerves to think about anything other than the first game.
"A lot of us don't know what it's like," said quarterback Kale Pearson, who has appeared in 10 games but never as a starter.
The anticipation has grown so great that players have created a little game where they try to envision a perfect scenario, then ask each other if they'd opt for the fictional situation or to play in Saturday's game.
"Somebody was like, would you rather have it be spring break again and go to Cancun or play this game," defensive lineman Nick Fitzgerald said. "I said I'd rather play in the game."
The point was clear that Air Force is excited to get back on the field against anyone.
This will mark the sixth consecutive season that coach Troy Calhoun's teams have opened against FCS opponents, with the Falcons taking all six by the average score of 50-12. This game was on the schedule before Calhoun took over, but his philosophy isn't changing. Abilene Christian has announced it will be here for next year's opener.
Calhoun likes these games because they coincide with Parent's Weekend. If he were to schedule FBS teams, they would likely require the Falcons to either pay too much or make a return trip to their campus. Calhoun isn't going to take his team away from Colorado Springs on a weekend that he has been told brings nearly $4 million to the local economy as parents take the rare opportunity to spend time with their future officers on campus.
"Irregardless of who you play, if you brought the 49ers or the Packers in there, you still have a chance to play," said Calhoun, who said Air Force will always seek six or seven home games. "For our guys it's a way for us to go gain experience, to go play a game and especially one that's here at home."
His team shares his outlook, and it's not just the new guys.
Christian Spears, who started all 13 games last year, said he lay in bed for two hours on Monday night unable to sleep.
It's exciting," Spears said. "Any time that college football atmosphere comes back around, it's tough to think about anything else."