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Air Force Falcons 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Air Force Falcons 2016 Preview

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Troy Calhoun has his Air Force Falcons primed for another division crown in 2016.

Overview: The Air Force fan base will be expecting a lot after winning the MWC Mountain Division title in 2015 and on paper the Falcons could bring home another crown. The passing attack will likely be featured more then usual although the Falcons bread and butter will their rushing attack.

Air Force Falcons 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Offense: The Falcons Nate Romine was the starter under center in 2015 until tearing both his ACL and MCL in game two. The question is Romine at 100%  and can he stay that way the entire year. Jalen Robinette (26-641) returns as the top Falcons receiver  with TE Ryan Reffitt likely getting some exposure. AFA featured 14 players that ran the ball a season ago and eleven are back with Jacobi Owens leading the way with nearly 1,100 yards while Timothy McVey surprised every one with an 8.5 yard average. Shayne Davern and DJ Johnson give the Falcons four great running options although many more will have opportunities. Air Force lost three starters on the offensive line but return three with decent experience.

Defense: Opposing offenses will no longer have to contend with DE Alex Hanson with his 15.5 TFL and 7.5 sacks but the Falcons will surely miss him although the next seven are all back. The problem with the AFA defensive line is a lack of size and getting pushed around by big O-Lines. The Air Force linebacking crew gets back almost everyone that  saw the field a year ago with Claude Alexander III and DJ Dunn accounting for 23 TFL and nine sacks. The Falcons secondary also gets the bulk of their talent back with SS Weston Steelhammer logging 10.5 TFL along with seven passes defended and five interceptions although the knock on this unit was allowing too many completions for substantial gains.

Special Teams: Steve Brosby and placekicker Luke Strebel are both back but Brosby’s 37 yard average put the Falcons at a disadvantage and his job is up for grabs (Cecil Moskowitz?).

Outlook: The key for Air Force is to remain healthy especially on the offensive side of the ball where the passing attack could be a factor to compliment what should be a solid rushing attack. Another division crown is not out of the question and neither are a few more wins.

Schedule:

9/3                 Abilene Christian

9/10               Georgia State

9/24               @ Utah State

10/1               Navy

10/8               @ Wyoming

10/15             @ New Mexico

10/22             Hawaii

10/29             @ Fresno State

11/5               @ Army

11/12             Colorado State

11/19             @ San Jose State

11/26             Boise State

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