Armed Forces Bowl: Air Force Falcons vs. California Golden Bears - 12/29/15 College Football Armed Forces Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
California Golden Bears (7-5) at Air Force Falcons (8-5)
College Football: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Amon Carter Stadium)
The Line: Air Force Falcons +6.5 -- Over/Under: 63 See the Latest Odds
The California Golden Bears will play the Air Force Falcons in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Game.
The Air Force Falcons were 8-5 this season and lost in the Mountain West Conference Championship Game. The Air Force offense is averaging 33.6 points per game with 321.8 rushing yards per game and 130.6 passing yards per game. Karson Roberts is the quarterback for Air Force who is completing 52.2% of his passes for 1446 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Roberts also has 674 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns for Air Force. Jacobi Owens has 1009 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns for Air Force. Jalen Robinette has 572 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. Garrett Brown has 534 receiving yards and 1 touchdown for Air Force. The Air Force defense is giving up 23.2 points per game with 190.4 passing yards per game and 146.7 rushing yards per game. West Steelhammer has 80 tackles, Alex Hansen has 7.5 sacks, and West Steelhammer has 5 interceptions for Air Force this season. Air Force is -3 in turnover margin this season.
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The California Golden Bears were 7-5 this season and finished fourth in the Pac-12 North Division. The Cal offense is averaging 36.5 points per game with 368.8 passing yards per game and 155.7 rushing yards per game. Jared Goff is the quarterback for Cal who is completing 64.2% of his passes for 4252 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. Khalfani Muhammad has 539 rushing yards and 1 touchdown for Cal. Vic Enwere has 486 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns for Cal. Bryce Treggs has 813 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns for Cal. Kenny Lawler has 583 receiving yards for Cal and 10 touchdowns. The Cal defense is giving up 30.3 points per game with 251.8 passing yards per game and 203.5 rushing yards per game. Hardy Nickerson has 101 tackles, Kyle Kragen has 6 sacks, and Darius White has 3 interceptions for Cal this season. California is +2 in turnover margin this season.
Air Force has one of the best rushing attacks in the country and is very hard to prepare for because of the way they run the triple option offense. Air Force had a very good season but has lost their last two games. To be successful, Air Force has to avoid the turnovers that have been so costly to them in the past. The Air Force defense has played well this season, and will have to keep Jared Goff from having a big day in the air for Cal. Cal started the season 5-0, but lost five of their last seven games in the season. This was a very disappointing way for Cal to close out the season after such a promising start. Cal has a top 5 passing attack in the nation, so they have the ability to put up points in this game. With Air Force running the ball and California passing the ball, it will be critical for one team to control the tempo to suit their offense the best. I think Air Force may be slightly more motivated in this game and will have the advantage of running their complex offense against a poor Cal defense. I am picking Air Force.