Air Force Falcons 2010 College Football Predictions – BCS Odds 2011: Since Troy Calhoun took over the Air Force football program in 2007, the team has gone to three straight bowls and not won fewer than eight games. The Falcons will be competitive again this season, but have some difficult competition to overcome if they hope to realize their dreams of a Mountain West title and BCS Bowl berth. 2010 College Football Predictions at BetUS.com have the Falcons listed at +30000 moneyline odds to win the National Championship.
Head Coach Troy Calhoun inherited a team in 2007 that had not won more than five games in a season since going 7-5 in 2003. The former Air Force graduate has effectively steered the program back in the right direction, though, by guiding it to a 25-14 record in his first three seasons as coach. The Falcons return 11 starters and 45 lettermen this year, giving them a chance to finish above .500 and reach a bowl game for a fourth consecutive season.
The Air Force offense brings back just five starters, but fortunately for Calhoun, most of those returning are skill position players, including quarterback Tim Jefferson. Jefferson, who threw for 848 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 254 and four scores as a sophomore, will be joined by last season's top two rushers, Jared Tew and Asher Clark, as well as leading receiver Kevin Fogler (25 receptions, 567 yards, five touchdwons). Tew and Fogler combined for 1835 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2009 while averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
The Falcons defense, which ranked as one of the best in the nation a season ago (15.7 points and 288 yards per game allowed), loses five starters. The top two tacklers are gone as well as the leading pass rusher; however, the front seven retains two all-conference performers in defensive end Rick Ricketts (57 tackles, four sacks) and linebacker Andre Morris (65 tackles, three sacks). The team's top corner, Anthony Wright, also returns to Colorado Springs. Wright had 54 tackles and seven picks last year, including three in the Falcons bowl win over Houston.
Air Force will face Northwestern State, Oklahoma, Navy, and Army in its non-conference slate and gets home games against BYU, Colorado State, Utah, and New Mexico in conference action.
2010 College Football Predictions: 6-6 Overall, 4-4 Conference, Fifth Place Mountain West
BCS Odds (National Championship) +30000
Regular Season Win Total: N/A
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