The 2019 Air Force football team became the program’s third squad this century to earn a national ranking Sunday, appearing at No. 25 in both the Associated Press and coaches’ polls.

The Falcons also appeared in the rankings in 2002 and 2010 for a combined five weeks after being mainstays in the Top 25 during the 1990s.

Air Force (10-2, 7-1 Mountain West) closed its regular season Saturday with a 20-6 victory over Wyoming, giving the Falcons their first 10-win regular season since 1998 — when the team finished 11-2 and ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press poll.

The Falcons will learn their bowl destination Dec. 8, with the top possibilities being the Cheez-It Bowl (Dec. 27 in Phoenix), the Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 21 in Las Vegas) or the Armed Forces Bowl (Jan. 4 in Fort Worth, Texas).

“I’m happy with anything we get,” said junior linebacker Demonte Meeks, the team’s leader with 97 tackles.

The Falcons closed the regular season with a seven-game winning streak, their longest in a single season since 1998.

This turnaround came after consecutive 5-7 seasons.

“For me, personally, I just really love the guys we’re playing with,” Meeks said when asked what stood out in a season that included victories over Colorado and Colorado State and a 6-0 home record. “That made every win special and every game special.”

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