NCAA Football – Week 12
The Mountain West will be on display on Friday night this week, as the Air Force Falcons try to take down the Hawaii Warriors in Colorado Springs.
It has been a brutally tough first season for Head Coach Norm Chow with the Warriors. The embattled longtime assistant for several teams has yet to log his first win against an FBS team in his career as a head coach, and the only cover that the club has came as 44.5 point underdogs against one of the teams that he used to be the OC for, the USC Trojans. The only win? A 54-2 victory over the Lamar Cardinals. Now, we know that Hawaii has a young team, but for Chow, the fact that his offense is averaging just 295.2 yards and 19.6 points per game is dismal. There isn’t a quarterback that has taken a meaningful snap this year that started his collegiate career at Hawaii, and that’s a real cause for concern. Chow needs to get out on the recruiting trail and make sure that he nails down a starting quarterback for next year, because former Duke Blue Devils QB Sean Schroeder has been terrible, and his replacement last week, former Utah State Aggies QB Jeremy Higgins aren’t cutting it.
The Falcons are on their way to a bowl game this year, assuming that they can win this game. If they happen to screw the pooch on this one though, the team is going to be an underdog of epic proportions next week against the Fresno State Bulldogs on the road with a bowl game on the line. QB Connor Dietz has done a remarkable job taking over for the departed QB Tim Jefferson Jr. The senior has waited patiently for his turn to play, and this year, he has thrown for 1,095 yards and rushed for 606 more, accounting for a total of 12 TDs against just three picks. The triple option offense should be able to put together yards in gobs on Friday night, as this team is putting up 335.9 yards per game on the ground. We would actually be shocked if the quarterback for the next two years for the Falcons, QB Kale Pearson didn’t get a shot. There are five different players on this offense that have at least 400 yards on the ground and a total of seven that have at least 130 yards.
Here’s the one problem that we see with the Falcons, though. They aren’t really going to have any way to prepare for this Hawaii offense, as the Warriors prefer to spread it out. Against those spread-ish teams this year, the Falcons have struggled, and though there is absolutely no chance at losing this game, we do expect to see Chow at least get his second cover of the campaign. Air Force 45 – Hawaii 28