Air Force Falcons vs. Utah State Aggies Free Pick - 9/7/13
Utah State Aggies (0-1) at Air Force Falcons (1-0)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm (Falcon Stadium)
The Line: Air Force Falcons 9.5 -- Over/Under: 60 See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network HD
The Utah State Aggies take a shot at slowing the option attack of the Air Force Falcons.
Utah State doesn't have a stellar track record against instate rival Utah but after knocking off the Utes a year ago and almost getting the job done again in week one, perhaps the worm has turned in this rivalry. The bottom line for the Aggies was a disappointing 30-26 defeat that saw the Utes kick a pair of field goals to end the game on a 6-0 run. This one was dominated by the offenses with USU piling up 487 yards and 27 first downs behind a fantastic performance from Chuckie Keeton who threw for 314 yards and a pair of touchdowns on a near perfect 31-40. Keeton also led the Aggies in rushing with 85 yards on 15 totes and a score but his efforts fell shot with Utah totaling 450 yards and simply making one or two more plays.
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Air Force started their opener slow versus Colgate as they fell behind 7-0 after one quarter before turning the option loose in a 38-13 victory. It was almost business as usual with the Falcons taking a 21-7 lead in to the break and never looking back as both their offense and defense were dominant. The ground attack piled up 409 yards on 64 carries for almost a 6 1/2 yard average while Kale Pearson (5-8/46) even threw the ball a bit although their was no need to. Jon Lee led the Falcons on the ground with 130 yards on eleven tries, followed by a 101 yard, 18 carry effort by Broam Hart with both finding the end zone twice. Anthony LaCoste added another 77 yards as the Falcons had no shortage of production on the ground. AFA played a little defense as well by limiting the Red Raiders to 300 total yards and never allowing the sub division squad to drive the field and play keep away.
Obviously Utah State has to find a way to control the Air Force option, while the Falcons defense will have their hands full with Keaton who can simply do everything. My first instinct was take Air Force after the Aggies disappointment against Utah but for now I'll back the visitors in a game I'm on the fence about so this could change...